Explore #4......5/26/09..... Thank you, Friends!
Lo and behold... I had a visitor in my garden yesterday. A box turtle that had been eating blossoms from a clump of red impatiens. Naughty turtle! I took a quick shot of him and sent him on his way.
* Three North Carolina turtles --a diamondback terrapin, box turtle and loggerhead -- were the first North American turtles to be documented visually. Naturalist John White recorded the animals in a series of watercolors he painted from 1585 to 1587. The box turtle, White wrote, was "A land Tort which the Savages [American Indians] esteeme above all other Torts."
*A Long Look at Nature by Margaret Hobgood Martin, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
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