Three-Toed Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina triunguis

One of two box turtle species at Chert Hollow Farm.bio_three-toed_box_turtleMating generally occurs late spring to early summer. This photo is from June 17, 2014.

On the evening of June 6, 2015, a female dug a nest in a young patch of sweet corn in our main vegetable field: june_natural_turtle_nesting

This nest had at least two young on October 30, 2015. Photo on left shows one (next to a walnut for scale). It was about an inch below the soil surface in the same nest location. The photo on right shows the shell of a sibling below, but I did not dig it out or determine the total count of young in an effort to minimize disturbance to the nest.oct_natural_baby_turtle