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Box Turtles (Nature Watch) by Lynn M. Stone

By Lynn M. Stone

From sea-living creatures to reptiles, to carnivorous vegetation, the 'Nature Watch' sequence caters for researchers and pleasure-readers alike, with a wealth of knowledge and images of natural world of their typical environments internationally.

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Jeffrey E. Lovich, and Roger W. Barbour. Turtles of the United States and Canada. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994. , and Roger W. Barbour. Turtles of the World. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989. Harding, James H. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997. Johnson, Tom R. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Missouri. Jefferson City: Missouri Department of Conservation, 1992. Legler, John M. Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornate ornate Agassiz.

After she has buried her eggs, she leaves. The box turtle’s mothering duties are over. Box turtle eggs are at high risk. A nest may be flooded, drowning the babies inside the eggs. It may be raided by a predator, such as a raccoon or a fox, that smells the eggs or the female box turtle’s scent. Ants can destroy box turtle eggs. Snakes sometimes grab and eat the eggs as the box turtle lays them. The eggs are buried about 60 days. During this time, the baby turtles grow and develop within the soft shells.

Status and Conservation of Turtles of the Northeastern United States. Lincoln: Massachusetts Audubon Society, 1997. edu. This site includes an Illinois Natural History Survey report on the eastern box turtle. com The site contains information on box turtles of all sorts. It also includes articles about how to care for box turtles and on turtle rehabilitation and conservation. gov/nathis/herpetol/boxturtles This is an online version of an article with photos from Conservationist magazine. It gives the natural histories of the three-toed and ornate box turtles.

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