Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Camouflage

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Bruce, hiding out in plain sight by impersonating a “leaf.”

Box turtles are amazing at camouflage.

No matter how colorful they may appear to be (for example, Bruce has bright orange cheek patches set against a white face with black and brown accents), put them practically anywhere and watch them disappear.

I can’t tell you how many times I have looked….and looked and looked and looked….for Bruce, to the point of panicking and thinking my precious rescued charge has escaped or been taken somehow, only to then discover him right under my nose.

He literally is that good at disappearing in plain sight.

So often after I have searched (what I think is) every corner of his outdoor enclosure, I will then spy him resting placidly beneath a leaf, sitting right in the center of his bathing pool, hiding out half-covered in leaf litter or perched atop a pile of shell-colored hay.

And remember…..

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Published by Shannon Cutts

Cockatiel, redfoot tortoise and box turtle mama. Author, writer, pet & people blogger.

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