Being Brave with Bruce: What Box Turtle?

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“Extreme cuteness.”

In some scenarios, it can be such a blessing.

Then again, there are those other scenarios.

Truth be told, you don’t pop right out of your round white escape hatch knowing how to dial down the cuteness when the situation calls for it.

To that point, you also don’t know which situations might call for it in your first many tumultuous days of life.

But then you learn.

You learn that fixing a passing large shell-less being with that adorable “deer in the headlights” stare of yours has an effect more like a tractor beam than a smoke screen.

In other words, just don’t do it. At least if you want to stay wild.

On the other hand, fixing a delicious wriggling prey with that same stare is a requirement if you want to ingest your lunch before it wriggles out of sight again.

It can take some practice to get the balance just right. So until you learn how to manually adjust your “cuteness intensity” on demand, it can be helpful to recruit a camouflage assistant.

This way, if you accidentally turn the cuteness dial in the wrong direction, your camouflage assistant can help you beat a hasty retreat before the other being even realizes you were there.

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Box turtle? What box turtle? Recruiting a camouflage assistant can come in handy while you are learning the ropes of seeing but not being seen.

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Published by Shannon Cutts

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

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