This seems like an unhappy Box Turtle I was moving to the other side of the road. Most of the time they will stay tucked into their shells when I pick them up. I was able to park in a safe place to help this turtle. It went into its shell when I got close to it. As soon as I picked it up it came out. I had my camera ready so that when I placed it on the other side of the road I could get a few photos. This time I didn’t have to wait for the turtle to come out of its shell. When I got on the other side of the road I took a few photos and when I placed it on the ground, it tucked into its shell.
I read years ago if you need to pick up a turtle, gently grasp the shell edge near the midpoint of the body. I think I would do this anyway because some will empty their bladder when they are first lifted off the ground. This one didn’t, but I was ready for when it did. (I moved my hand to the back of the turtle to get this photo after I was sure it wouldn’t urinate on me.)
Helpful Tips For Moving Turtles
- Move a turtle in the same direction it was traveling when you saw it.
- Place the turtle at least 20 or 30 feet from the road (not on the roadside).
- Turtles should be moved across roadways in as direct a line as possible.
Box Turtle Facts
Turtles can defend themselves from predation by hiding, closing their shell and biting. The risk of death is greatest in small animals due to their size and weaker carapace and plastron. While the shell of an adult box turtle is seldom fractured, the box turtle is still vulnerable to surprise attacks and persistent gnawing or pecking. Common predators are mammals like minks, skunks, raccoons, dogs and rodents, but also birds (e.g. crows, ravens) and snakes (e.g. racers, cottonmouths) are known to kill box turtles. (Wikipedia)