Bruce Explains Box Turtles: The Shell

I’ve lost count of the number of times people have asked me if turtles (or tortoises, for that matter) outgrow their shells and need new ones. This is actually a great question, especially for anyone who has ever been lucky enough to watch hermit crabs battling it out for a bit of prime “found” realContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: The Shell”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Turtle Versus Tortoise Versus Terrapin

If there is anything more confusing than box turtle taxonomy (that is, classification)….well, let’s just say that here at Casa Feathers n Beak n Shells, we are pretty sure there isn’t. For example, why are some turtles called “turtles,” while other turtles are called “tortoises” or “terrapins?” The simplest explanation would be that “turtles” liveContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Turtle Versus Tortoise Versus Terrapin”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: About the “Box”

Box turtles, regardless of how many toes they have, are called “box turtles” because of one unique trait they all share in common. That trait is quite amazing. Every box turtle is able to pull all of its body parts – head, tail, legs and feet and claws, all of it – inside its shellContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: About the “Box””

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 dateContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Boy Versus Girl”

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 toedContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Shell Color”

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 getsContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: 3 Toes”

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 perspectiveContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Rescuing”

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 howContinue reading “About: Bruce Explains Box Turtles”

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 andContinue reading “Box Turtle Blues”

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