Turtle Diary

American Box Turtles are Dying to be European Pets

It’s October, and throughout the Northeast, box turtles are preparing for their winter hibernation. Some are beginning to bury themselves just beneath soil in wetland areas, while others are slowly trekking through cherry and bayberry thickets to find suitable spots. The reptiles are so well camouflaged and so deeply immersed in their thornym chaotically-branched, leaf-littered habitat that finding one at this time of the year is nearly a miracle.