Glenn

What weird animals have been in your shop

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When i was yonger i trapped coon in michigan for furs and food the first coon i trapped was a 42 lb female after 1/2 a mile dragging her out i thought i was deer hunting 

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This fellow walked past the shop today.

 

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Glenn,

Let me guess.

I think that it is a turtle.

Am I right?

If it is.  What kind of turtle is it?

Regards,

SLAG

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We know them as a Box Turtle.

They have a 2 piece hinged bottom plate and the top shell. They bring all 4 legs and the tail inside the shell and close the bottom plates for protection. They grow to about the size of a soft ball when mature.

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Glenn,

Box turtles make good pets for a knowledgeable pet owner.

Your visitor is a female.

Regards,

SLAG.

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How did you figure that out? She was not wearing lipstick that I noticed. Must have been the sweet face. LOL

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Glenn,

Look at the underside of your  "pet".  The lower shell  (plastron)  is relatively flat.   Male turtles'  plastrons are concave. That helps the male mount a female, while mating.

Yah,  turtles do it too.

The female's upper shell is higher and more domed  giving her more room for developing more eggs.

You can confirm the sex  if you come across the lady again.  (I cant tell from your picture).

Check the eyes.  Male box turtles have red or orange irises.  Female box turtles have brown or yellow irises.

Box turtle have a central posterior notch which his tail while mounting the female. (crushed tails are not pleasant).

There you have it,  

SLAG.

 

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Knew that the male turtles'  plastrons are concave. Did not know about the eye color. The things you learn on this site LOL  Thanks  

Another visitor from earlier this summer. 

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Okay, I can see how a crazed 50 lb. coon could take a person right off his/er feet. I knew they were very smart, good problem solvers and dangerous. No wild ones in Alaska and probably no pet anymore either. 

I never cease to be amazed at what I learn on IFI but am no longer surprised. ESPECIALLY when Slag chips in. I haven't seen a wild box turtle in probably 50 years. That one didn't charge me fortunately but it was a close thing. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Look at my profile pic.  That one darted out in front of me while hiking.  

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Jer,

Methinks, your post is  a touch ambiguous.

But that just may be me. I did not get enough sleep last night.  (a.k.a.  "beauty sleep").  AW, who am I kidding.

Even sleep does not do a great job these days.

Did an enraged attack box turtle or a deranged raccoon attempt to attack you?

Evidently you made it unscathed.

Regards to you,  Deb, all the critters, 

and,  also,  all the denizens on I.F.I.

SLAG.

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