This is Roxie the box turtle.  She is a newly aquired pet in our family that was given by grandparents.  Wroxie 01_resizee were surprised with her last weekend.  We think Roxie is approximately 8 years old by counting her rings on her shell.  We are confident that the turtle is a girl given her eye color of yellow brown and also by her bottom shell being flat.  The kids are excited about her.  Jasper keeps calling her a frog, but we are working on getting him to know she’s a turtle.  Roxie will not stay with us beyond the week, however.  She isn’t happy and hasn’t eaten.  She either burrows in the sand in her box or tries to escape.  She has gone for a swim in our tub and that has probably been the “highlight” of her stay.  We think she wants to go home.  We also feel that because she was taken from her natural habitat that she will not flourish in captivity.  We will enjoy her for a little while; she will be great for some hands-on science.  But, we will take her home.  We will release her where she was found as turtles have a homing instinct and often die trying to find home if they have been moved.   We don’t want Roxie to lose her moxie!

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Comments

  1. Tim & Rhianna says:

    hee hee. Good for you for taking her home. Enjoy her while you have her!

  2. Hi Kim,

    A fun book that has a turtle in it (not the main character) is called “Mousekins Golden House”. It is a fall story and takes place right after Halloween and was a favorite of our children and now our grandchildren.

    helen henry

  3. Thank you! What you’re doing is absolutely the right thing, and it’s a great lesson for your kids.

    Many people take turtles out of the wild, keep them as pets, or release them away from their home ranges without realizing that their actions are putting turtle populations at risk.

    Here’s a good introductory resource on box turtle conservation.

    http://www.mckeever.org/turtle.html

    Again, thank you.

  4. I am happy that you will be taking her back to her home.

    Just so you know – sand is not an appropriate substrate for turtles. They have no ability to spit and often ingest things that are not good for them. The sand can then become impacted in their digestive tract. For the time being, it would be best to get some soil and leaves from outside.

    • kimmyskids says:

      I did not know that about the sand! I feel so badly now. However, she was taken back to the area she was found today! We are really dedicated to doing right by animals and I was so proud of my daughter, age 8, when she said she’d rather Roxie be happy than be with us! We hope we got close enough for her to find her way back home!

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