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While driving down highway 523 with my family yesterday, to show my parents the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, we found this little fellow, an Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), on the road. This highway is frequented by huge trucks loaded with cypress trees and sod, and so I (we) decided that the right thing to do was rescue him, and let him go in the wildlife area.

He was a beautiful specimen with a yellow starburst patterned shell, and spotted neck. He was about 5 inches long, which is about as large as the adults get. The kids had a great time taking turns holding him, and were sad when it was time to let him go (so was I), but they were glad to know that he was in a place where he was far less likely to get run over. As you can see from the blur in his front right leg, he was ready to go!

I cropped this picture and adjusted the clarity, saturation and sharpness.

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