Wild box turtle dies

Asked April 8, 2019, 3:00 PM EDT

I was delighted to find a wild box turtle in my garden. It had made a shallow depression. It sat for 3 days on the edge of the depression. I found it had moved an inch or two seemingly following the sun. Since I did not see it move, I gently touched its head which it retracted without moving its legs. The next morning it was certainly dead. As with the dead frogs of my previous question, this was when we had warm days and very cold nights. I had thought it best to let a wild animal be, but then I regretted not having put out a dish of water.

Montgomery County Maryland wildlife

1 Response

We're sorry to hear about the box turtle. It could have died from old age or some factor in the environment that affected its health -- habitat changes and loss, lack of food/water, and/or pollution may have been factors. We can't say for sure.
Refer to these links for more information about Maryland's turtles.
https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/5223817
https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/habitat/waturtles.aspx

Christa