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Telling turtles apart

October 31, 2013 at 09:49 AM

Sometimes I think I’m getting to be a pretty good naturalist.

Then I drive a couple of hours outside my home range and have to start learning all the new plants and animals I run across.

The top photo shows a box turtle at Meramec State Park in Missouri (about an hour southeast of St. Louis).

The Missouri Dept. of Conservation Website says one can find ornate box turtles and three-toed box turtles in the Show-Me State.

The box turtle looked at first glance to be an eastern box turtle, but since I was west of the Mississippi I have to conclude it is an ornate.

The picture below is of an ornate box turtle photographed at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area last summer.

Notice the straight, narrow yellow markings.

The third photo is of a three-toed box turtle seen in a different part of Meramec State Park.

If you can help solidify the Identifications, send me an e-mail at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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