I was lucky enough to photograph this Three-toed Box Turtle crossing the road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This species of turtle is native to North America and is named for the three toes on each of their hind legs. They have a high-domed carapace (upper shell) and a hinged plastron (lower shell) that allows them to close tightly and protect themselves from predators. They feed on a variety of foods, including insects, fruit, and carrion. They are also known for their long lifespan, with some individuals living for more than 100 years in captivity.
These turtles are not picky eaters and have a varied diet that includes insects, fruits, and carrion. They also have a reputation for being long-lived, with some individuals living for over a century in captivity.
Three-toed Box Turtles are a cherished species and are often kept as pets. However, it’s important to note that their habitats are being threatened by habitat loss, road mortality, and over-collection for the pet trade. Conservation efforts are crucial to ensure that these unique creatures continue to thrive in the wild.
Overall, encountering this Three-toed Box Turtle was a delightful reminder of the diversity of wildlife that exists in our world. It’s important to cherish and respect these creatures and work towards preserving their habitats to ensure their survival for future generations to come.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: August 6, 2022 (09:44 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 250 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
- Focal Length: 428 mm