Wednesday, September 19, 2012


He was meandering across Lawton Lane about 11 am on Monday. I knew Lachlan would be hurrying home for lunch in just a few minutes, so I put this box turtle in a big flower pot.

Lachlan was excited to see the turtle. We got a good look at him, then put him back exactly where I found him...and he immediately crawled right into the wooded area between our houses. Lachlan wanted to pick him up, but we thought it best not to stress him (or her) out any more.

Ocracoke Box Turtle

In case anyone is worrying about salmonella poisoning...I washed my hands thoroughly after handling the turtle.

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  1. Anonymous7:19 AM

    What a wonderful way to grow up! How many kids can say they come home for lunch AND get a close look at a turtle in one day?

    There is a children's book called All the Places to Love...Patricia Laughlin (I may have left a Mc off her name...) In any case, you two may enjoy taking a look. What a wonderful story your adventures with Lachlan would make.

  2. Jack and Toni Walls8:50 AM

    It was so great seeing you last week. Also an added blessing, my granddaughter Georgia was able to play with Lachlan on his rope swing for quite a while one day. We will see you again next year.

  3. Anonymous10:14 AM

    How come you didn't feed it?

  4. Anonymous10:36 AM

    I think you are both lucky to have each other at this time in your life. But the most important question is: Did the turtle wash his/her hands?

  5. Anonymous12:23 PM

    Thanks for the heads up! As a public health veterinarian, you know exactly where my brain went first.... :)

  6. Julie S.1:05 PM

    You gentlemen may be interested to know I have been watching an Eastern box turtle all summer in my raised bed. (He has red eyes so I assume it is a male.) He seems to enjoy sitting under the collards during the heat of the day, nibbling on my lettuce (he doesn't take much!) and woe to the poor earthworm who crosses his path! I wonder if he will bury down for the winter or wander off to our woods?

  7. Over the years, I have befriended three box turtles. They were named Sal, Moe and Ella.

    Lots of hand washing was involved.

  8. Anonymous1:16 AM

    Er, there was a Man in Florida making headlines recently about befriending a donkey