Tag: Box turtles

September 13, 2022

TWS2021: Box turtles prefer native flora, avoid disturbance

Ornate box turtles are found widely across parts of the Great Plains of the United States, but researchers don’t know a lot about their habitat preferences in New Mexico. TWS...

June 17, 2021

Watch: Dogs travel the country to sniff out box turtles

Box turtles can be hard to spot in the wild, but not for a group of specially trained spaniels. John Rucker travels across the country with his Boykin spaniels to...

February 11, 2020

Prescribed fires burn turtles but may help egg-laying females

Prescribed fires may kill individual box turtles, but the aftermath produces favorable plots for egg-laying females. “The fire does create this challenging habitat around them by altering the availability of...

August 1, 2018

Flight attendants attempt to smuggle turtles into U.S.

Two China Eastern Airlines flight attendants tried to smuggle dozens of spotted (Clemmys guttata) and box turtles (Terrapene carolina) into China from Los Angeles. After Transportation Security Administration officials flagged...

November 30, 2016

JWM study: Turtles appear resilient to minor human development

Turtles are known to be especially sensitive to human pressures on ecosystems, but certain species may be resilient to minor human development, according to new research. Biologists have been studying...

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June 17, 2015

Citizen Scientists Track Declining Box Turtles

The bowl-sized reptiles could be living in your garden or you may have helped them cross the highway. You may have caught them, or kept one as a pet when...