This guy was crossing the road near my house. I was taking a few pictures of birds on the birdfeeder when I noticed something on the road in the background. I let him get onto the grass along side before I snapped this.
was so kind as to point out the body builder images on this little guys shell!
Thank you much!
Nikkor 18mm-105mm VR
Top Ten May, 2011 in a challenge for: http://www.redbubble.com/groups/accidental-images
The eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) is a subspecies within a group of hinge-shelled turtles, normally called box turtles. T. c. carolina is native to an eastern part of the United States. Occasionally, it is referred to as the common box turtle to distinguish it from the other five subspecies of eastern box turtles. 1
The eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) is one of two species of box turtles found in the United States. It is the only “land turtle” found in North Carolina, where it is the state reptile. Box turtles are extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. These characteristics, along with a propensity to get hit by cars, make the box turtle a species particularly susceptible to human-induced problems.