This Warm Arkansas Weather Is Bringing Box Turtles Out

By | January 29, 2013
This Warm Arkansas Weather Is Bringing Box Turtles Out Photo

Box Turtle I Found While On A Hike Here In Arkansas

The temps here in my part of Arkansas has been in the 70’s the past couple of days. This is unseasonably warm winter weather and I guess it has gotten the Box Turtles to come out of hibernation.

Depending on the part of the country, most box turtles in the wild hibernate. In northern states they may hibernate for 6 months while in Florida and along the gulf coast they may only slow down during the cooler winter months and not enter a true hibernation state.

Box Turtles hibernate by burrowing into loose soil, decaying vegetation, and mud. They tend to hibernate in woodlands, on the edge of woodlands, and sometimes near closed canopy wetlands in the forest. Box turtles may return to the same place to hibernate year after year. As soon as they come out of hibernation, box turtles begin feeding and searching for mates.

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “This Warm Arkansas Weather Is Bringing Box Turtles Out

  1. Katie

    I just saw one this morning on my run, and saw about 7 of them on a log at a lake east of Fayetteville yesterday. This weather is messing everything up this year!

  2. Marvin Smith

    I haven’t encountered any box turtles yet up here in the Ozarks — and, our weather is about to make a dramatic change.

  3. Cindy

    I certainly hope it doesn’t screw things up for them. Animals (or in this case reptiles) have to struggle enough as it is!