This morning we went for our routine walk and decided to be a little unpredictable by walking a path we normally do not go on. Low and behold on the path we found a turtle. We had a big discussion on if we sit and wait we can see the turtle pop its head out and possibly walk to where it wants to go.
The turtle was so scared; it hid in her shell for a long, long time. So long that I had the kids all go and get their nature journals so they can draw what they saw.
While they were busy observing and drawing the turtle. We learned that this particular one is a box turtle and a female. We know she is a female due to the eye color. Her eye color is a brown red. She also has a short thin tail. Although we were unable to see her hind feet (she was a bit shy around us and did not want to move).
When box turtles are itty bitty babies they eat a lot of meat with some plant food. As they age they start eatting more plants then meat. By observing this particular box turtle we determined that they do not like to be handled. The minute the kids picked her up she would immediately hide in and close up her shell.