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Posted by PHBoxTurtle on April 30, 2003 at 21:34:15:
In Reply to: Box turtle seems to like it's box... posted by Matt Hampel on April 30, 2003 at 20:58:11:
This turtle is very scared and you are doing the right thing by taking it back into the wild as soon as possible. Some wild specimens just don't take well to any sort of captivity and become very stressed when handled. Stress causes illness if it is maintained for long.
I used to collect insects, frogs, etc when I was young, but like you would release them in a day or two. I couln't stand it if I killed them, so back they would go before they weaken too much. Tess
:Today me and my friends were out in the woods and we found an eastern box turtle. It's pretty young, his shell is still pretty colorful. I took it home (don't worry, I'm gonna gonne keep it for more than just today, I know how taking one turtle out of the wild kills many generations of turtles). Anyway, it's been all closed up all day! I've left it alone for hours to come back to see it still inclosed. I've even turned it upside down for a few minutes to see if it would come out to right itself. Oh well, me and I friend are going out in the woods tonight with flashlights to see what we can find, I'll let it go then, but tel me what you think!