In 1979 the Eastern Box Turtle was designated the official North Carolina State Reptile.
A friend spotted this fellow crossing the road near the Island Inn last fall. We stopped and moved him out of the traffic lane. I snapped this photo just before he vanished into the underbrush.
The Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) is the only terrestrial turtle found in North Carolina. You can read more here: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Learning/documents/Profiles/Eastern_Box_Turtle.pdf.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Capt. Horatio Williams and his schooner, the Paragon. You can read the story here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112115.htm.