Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Boy Versus Girl

One of the first tasks I faced after I rescued Bruce and he joined our little flock was to figure out if he was a girl box turtle or a boy box turtle. This was an especially pressing issue, since my 17-year-old parrot, Pearl, had spent a whopping 11 of his 17 years to date …

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Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Shell Color

3 toed box turtles don't look like other species of box turtles. Not only do they have 3 toes on each of their back feet (instead of 4 or 5 toes per foot like other species of box turtles), but they also have different shell and skin colors. To further complicate matters, boy 3 toed …

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Bruce Explains Box Turtles: 3 Toes

Bruce's formal scientific name is "Terrapene carolina triunguis." Luckily, his common name is much easier to pronounce: "3 toed box turtle." If you are from Texas, you call Bruce a "Texas 3 toed box turtle." If you are from anywhere else, you call Bruce a "North American 3 toed box turtle." Not surprisingly, Bruce gets …

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Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Rescuing

A Facebook friend of mine once said to me (and I paraphrase slightly), "Until you started sharing Bruce and Malti's lives here, I just thought turtles were rocks with legs. I didn't realize they had personalities and preferences and intelligence." I love this!! How AWESOME! Here is this person having this total shift in perspective …

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About: Bruce Explains Box Turtles

Bruce is a box turtle. More specifically, he is a Texas 3-toed box turtle, and quite a handsome one at that (although his mama admits to possibly being just the teensiest bit biased). Contrary to popular belief, not everything is bigger in Texas....including Bruce. Since he is a rescued box turtle, we don't know how …

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Box Turtle Blues

Bruce is a rescued adult box turtle. This makes him the most unique "pet" I've ever cared for....starting with the fact that he is in no way, shape or form an actual pet. He just isn't. He is truly a wild creature. A bit of back story: Bruce's path crossed with mine a year and …

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