In the fall, watch for box turtles
heading for cover, where they’ll bury
themselves under leaves or in soft
soil. In spring, watch for them coming
out of hibernation and searching for
food and places to lay eggs.
Keep an eye out when mowing
lawns. Many young turtles fall victim to
the sharp blades.
If you see a box turtle crossing a
road, move it to the other side in the
same direction it was facing—ONLY IF
IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.
Don’t “rescue” a box turtle by taking
it to a new place. Box turtles know
only their own home areas, which are
Never keep a box turtle as a pet.
Too many have been collected and
sold as pets, and there are fewer in
the wild than there once were.