Day 63: Boy Box Turtles Will Be Boy Box Turtles

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If there is one thing that can reliably produce grey hairs in any large shell-less being, it is a boy box turtle.

Boys of any species seem to have a special knack for attracting trouble. But boy box turtles can turn a knack into a fine art.

For instance, say you are a boy box turtle and you decide to head out for a little adventure.

Then your large shell-less mama gets suspicious with all the silence and comes to check on you. The moment she sees you, it becomes clear you definitely found some adventure.


Bruce’s mysteriously injured (and bleeding!) center shell scute.

But it really isn’t your fault (even though your large shell-less assistant keeps pointing to her greying head and then pointing right at you).

Being a boy box turtle and thus naturally curious, you can’t seem to resist exploring, even when all signs point clearly towards staying put.

This is the “boy box turtle way,” you might say.

Bruce’s mysteriously injured tail scute, right above his (very cute) left back leg!

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  1. Did you ever find out what happened? Do you have to take him to the vet? With the shell regrow? Reminds me of when my dad was in the hospital years ago. I visited him, pointed to my first ever greyhair. and told him “I never had grey hair until you ended up here”. He pointed to his bald head and said “I HAD hair until I had daughters”. Had no answer for that one.

    • Haha! Go Dad! 😂 we never did find out what Bruce did – I sent the vet pics and she advised just watching and waiting and thankfully it did heal up.

  2. Is he going to be OK? Does he have to go to the vet? Did you find out how he lost the big piece at the top? Will the missing piece grow back (so many questions). You remind me of when my dad was in the hospital many years ago. I went to visit, pointed at my FIRST ever grey hair and told him “I never had grey hair until you ended up here”. He pointed to his bald head and said I HAD hair until I had daughtesr.” Couldn’t think of a good response to that one.

  3. It’s not just boy box turtles. It is also boy cockatiels. This weekend my Squeak started having seizures from the birdie equivalent of a concussion. So tell pearl not to do that.

    • Oh how terrifying! I will add that to the avian safety list ASAP! Prayers for precious Squeak❤️❤️

  4. Squeak is going to be fine. He hasn’t had a seizure that I am aware of in over 24 hours. He is on a course of medication. The best part is he started climbing around his cage again and plucking the bars of his cage. All very normal things to do.

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