Day 171: The Swimming Box Turtle

When you have bright orange cheek patches and are naturally lightweight, buoyant, athletic and aerodynamic, sports just come naturally to you – even swimming. Sure, you might technically be classified as a “land turtle,” at least in the sense that you prefer to eat your dinner and nap and hunt on land. After all, sinceContinue reading “Day 171: The Swimming Box Turtle”

Day 123: Box Turtle Loves to Swim

During their younger years, many large shell-less beings undergo a traditional rite of passage called “swim team.” This grueling ritual involves donning a set of distressingly scanty garments, jumping into an icy-cold water body and swimming back and forth, back and forth, back and forth until one of two things occurs: the end-of-practice whistle blowsContinue reading “Day 123: Box Turtle Loves to Swim”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Soaking

Box turtles are truly an enigma of sorts in the turtle/tortoise world. Sometimes they seem more like terrapins or water turtles, with their water-loving personalities and tendency to go for a “swim” in any little pond or puddle they encounter. But then at other times, especially while hibernating under layers of dirt and mulch orContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Soaking”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Swimming

While box turtles are definitely “land” turtles, in the sense that in many ways, their habits and environments more closely resemble that of tortoises or terrapins than of true aquatic turtles, they also love to swim. Some box turtles will swim several times a day, taking time between swims to dry off and warm upContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Swimming”

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