Box Turtle With Dried Earthworm

I spotted this Box Turtle with a dried Earthworm crossing an asphalt road here in Arkansas. I see Earthworms on the roads early in the mornings and when the sun rises some Earthworms don’t survive. This Turtle must have picked this one up as it was crossing the road.

Box Turtle With Earthworm
Box Turtle With Earthworm

How I Got The Shot – Box Turtle With Dried Earthworm

I was out for a walk at Vache Grasse Park near Lavaca, Arkansas when I spotted this Turtle. This was back in June 2008. I was hand-holding my camera and lens.

Technical:

• Location: Vache Grasse Park (Arkansas)
• Date Taken: June 8, 2008
• Aperture: f9.0
• Shutter speed: 1/400 sec.
• ISO: 400
• Exposure Bias: 0 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 400 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
• Camera: Canon EOS 40D

Here are a few more Box Turtles I have photographed:

Early Spring Box Turtle
Colorful Three-toed Box Turtle
Three-toed Box Turtle Close-up
Three-toe Box Turtle Walking On Rocks
Moving Turtles From Road

2022-12-27T04:12:55-06:00June 24, 2020|Categories: Turtles|Tags: , |Comments Off on Box Turtle With Dried Earthworm

Early Spring Box Turtle

I photographed this Box Turtle on the 8th of this month (April). It was crossing the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Three-toed box turtles are known to migrate seasonally. They like forested areas in early spring, summer, and late fall here in my area (Arkansas and East Oklahoma).

Early Spring Box Turtle
Early Spring Box Turtle

How I Got The Shot – Early Spring Box Turtle

This Three-toed Box Turtle was crossing the paved section of the auto tour road in the Sandtown Woods area. I parked and exited my pickup with my Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I also had my bean bag that I placed on the road to rest my camera and lens on. This was at 6:22 a.m. and I had the Refuge to myself so I didn’t have to worry about traffic. I took a few quick shots and waited to make sure the turtle crossed the road safely.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f7.1
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/125 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

A Few More Box Turtles I Photographed

  1. Moving Turtles From Road
  2. Colorful Three-toed Box Turtle
  3. Three-toed Box [Read More…]
2020-07-23T16:42:05-05:00April 13, 2020|Categories: Turtles|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Early Spring Box Turtle

Colorful Three-toed Box Turtle

I came across this colorful Three-toed Box Turtle while it was crossing the asphalt section of the tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was able to get a closeup to show the colors of this turtle.

Colorful Three-toed Box Turtle Colorful Three-toed Box Turtle

Heads of adult males and females are often brightly colored with a mix of white, orange, yellow or red. Males usually have red eyes whereas females usually have brown eyes. I am guessing this is a male since it has red eyes.

I came across some information that the males are the ones that display these bright colors on the head and throat.

Here is another Three-toed Box Turtle I photographed and posted about a few days ago. It is not as colorful as this one. I’m guessing it is a female: Three-toed Box Turtle Close-up

How I Got The Shot – Three-Toed Box Turtle

I was driving the paved section of the tour road in the Sand Town area of the refuge when I spotted this Box Turtle crossing the road. Most of the time when a Turtle sees my vehicle it will duck into its shell. This one did not. I had to exit my pickup quickly to get a few [Read More…]

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