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_MG_8429 Lurker
28-JUL-2007

_MG_8429 Lurker

We finally got a good rain and it has brought out all sorts of lurkers. This one was hiding under the cucumber leaves. I believe it's an Eastern Box Turtle. More about box turtles here, where I learned they emerge after rainstorms and that they are North Carolina's official state reptile: http://www.wildwnc.org/af/boxturtles.html

Canon EOS 20D
1/80s f/9.0 at 60.0mm iso400 full exif

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Rosemarie Kusserow20-Aug-2007 07:22
What a beautiful pet you have in your garden, I envy you, good sharpness to view all the lovely details, vote, Rosem arie :o)
Carrie31-Jul-2007 13:39
How beautiful! We have a box turtle that lives somewhere in our neighborhood as well. We have encountered him a few times in our yard. Turtles are wonderfully interesting creatures to watch, both in captivity, and in the wild.
SAL Photography29-Jul-2007 20:40
What a great catch ! He looks like a small Turtle !
sal
Guest 29-Jul-2007 12:51
How neat. May be living in your garden all along. Not sure how large their home range is. Came out for a cucumber snack perhaps. 8-)
Gary
Ali Majdfar29-Jul-2007 07:56
Stunning shot, ~V
Carolyn Angus28-Jul-2007 21:46
Is there a body of water nearby other than the rain? The patterns are mesmerising! What a rich golden yellow.
Monique Trempe28-Jul-2007 21:35
Magnificent colours and which eyes! They demonstrate a strong character. LOL
Good shot!
pemkid28-Jul-2007 20:42
Looks like it takes life very seriously, nice find!
Deb
Jane28-Jul-2007 20:21
Nice capture, Isabel!
Graham Tomlin28-Jul-2007 18:58
amazing regards Helen
Judith Barnett28-Jul-2007 17:40
Wow, I have never seen a turtle in the wild, what a striking find! Beautiful markings and color!