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When a boy turtle wakes up from his long winter hibernation, believe it or not, food is not the first thing on his mind.
He is thinking about one thing and one thing only – finding a lady box turtle to make eggs with.
While it can be a pretty big deal to a lady box turtle to have eggs, since she has to carry them and lay them, to a boy box turtle, the only real commitment he needs to make is to, well, um, make hay while the sun shines. So to speak.
Then, the deed being done, off he goes again, with his mind finally free to focus on dinner.
Of course, when you are a captive box turtle like Bruce, there are no lady turtles around. Snif. (His mama has her hands full with one box turtle, let alone two box turtles and then who knows how many box turtlets!)
So you can eat your dinner right away with none the wiser. But it never hurts to keep one eye on the horizon for lady turtles, just in case….