The North American Wood Turtle: Glyptemys insculpta, could be the most intelligent of all turtles!

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WOOD TURTLE NESTING

Beautiful Wood Turtle photos

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North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source
North American Wood Turtles are protected through out their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI
North American Wood Turtles are protected throughout their range requiring a proper state permit in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, PA, OH, MI | Source

WOOD TURTLE STOMP

The North American Wood Turtle could be the most intelligent of all turtles?

Wood Turtles have been attributed a high intelligence (among turtles). Tinklepaugh, 1932 found in a laboratory study that Wood Turtles could learn to navigate mazes with the ability of rats in similar situations, and they demonstrate behaviors which can be interpreted by some as signs of intelligence. Perhaps because their behavioral adaptations permit them to easily survive in aquatic habitats and wooded terrestrial habitats they seem more intelligent to an observer than other turtle species that live in less variable habitats or perhaps their intelligence allows them to better adapt - the answer is no doubt in the eye of the observer.

The Turtle Tour (and more...giant moths, EBTs, possums! )

Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species

Where to get captive bred high yellow Wood Turtles

The Wood Turtle Stomp

Care, Clubs, Rescue, and Adoptions

Wood Turtle Pages

♦Wood Turtle Breeders Registry♦

Worm Grunting

Wood Turtles seem to have discovered grunting for worms long before humans discovered it.

In the Florida Apalachicola National Forest, around 700 permits (at $30 each) are issued to earthworm grunters every year !

Watch this video to the right and you'll see how the "pros" grunt for worms.

A wise Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

studies the camera in front of him. They seem much more calculating & self-aware than most other Chelonians.

RARE Hypo Pastel North American Wood Turtle

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This eye popping turtle hatched from a clutch of 7 eggs on July 10 th 2008. (See next two photos for comparison.)From it's eyes, face, legs and shell, all the way to it's belly and tail, this wood turtle looks nothing at all like a normal tan hatchling It is a peach color with wild markings on the entire turtle - including the eyes and the tail.
This eye popping turtle hatched from a clutch of 7 eggs on July 10 th 2008. (See next two photos for comparison.)
This eye popping turtle hatched from a clutch of 7 eggs on July 10 th 2008. (See next two photos for comparison.) | Source
From it's eyes, face, legs and shell, all the way to it's belly and tail, this wood turtle looks nothing at all like a normal tan hatchling
From it's eyes, face, legs and shell, all the way to it's belly and tail, this wood turtle looks nothing at all like a normal tan hatchling | Source
It is a peach color with wild markings on the entire turtle - including the eyes and the tail.
It is a peach color with wild markings on the entire turtle - including the eyes and the tail. | Source

Sex:

The difference between a male and female wood turtle can easily be distinguished. Males are usually larger with a concave plastron and a much longer and thicker tail, whereas the female will have a flat plastron and shorter and thinner tail. There is usually no difference in coloration between the two with exception to some slight discolorations in their eyes. Males are usually 7.5 to 9 inches in length and females are usually 7 to 8.25 inches.

Railroad tracks - a death sentence for turtles

Besides RR tracks turtles face other man made perils

What has happened to this red ear slider could more probably happen to wood turtles since they are semi-terrestrial
What has happened to this red ear slider could more probably happen to wood turtles since they are semi-terrestrial | Source

One of the most common causes of injury and death among wood turtles are lawnmowers. Meet Sahara the two legged wood turtle.

Presentation on the American Wood Turtle

Just some final advice on keeping turtles as pets

Whenever I think about wood turtles I remember when...

I was out walking one day down a road to an area I was told I could observe some wood turtles in the wild and this pig with a wooden leg ran across the road in front of me and on up to this pig farmer's house. Curious, I walked up to the pig farmer and asked him about that pig I saw with the wooden leg. He replied "Yessir!... that there is 'China', our very special pig." He went on to explain how he and his family were asleep one night when a fire started in the house and "China" the pig came in the front door, ran upstairs squealing and woke them all up! He said "Yessir, "China" saved all our lives and the house too - he's somethin' special, one special pig he is!."

I said "Well that's amazing but it doesn't explain to me why he has a wooden leg."

He said "Well shoot, you cain't just eat a special pig like that...'least not all at once."

A couple weeks later I stopped by to say hi to "China"

and well I guess the pig farmer really meant what he said 'cause a few days and a few meals later...

You thought it was a joke...huh?  ............................................................................................  Well, it is :)
You thought it was a joke...huh? ............................................................................................ Well, it is :) | Source

Speaking of wooden legs

Did you know in the old west they never hung a man with a wooden leg?

Nope, they usually used a rope.

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tsadjatko 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door Author

Well, no comments? Maybe this proverbial question with a twist will get the ball rolling...Why did the turtle cross the road?


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PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

To tease the cars. Good hub. I love the turtles.


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tsadjatko 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door Author

Well they sure do that! Especially on a four lane..many turtles are attracted to reds and yellows and may think the yellow lines down the middle of the road are edible flowers but the real reason why the turtle crossed the road is pretty obvious .. to get to the Shell station. :-)


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PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Lol. That there is a knee slapper! To get to the shell station, that's a good one.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ohhhhhhhhhh...moan......to get to the Shell Station. Tsad, that's it. I've read as much about turtles as I can possibly find room to store the info. They really are quite fascinating, I hate to admit. I like to keep my word. I said I'd read your turtle hubs.

Honestly, I need to settle down, buddy. This is just way too much fun for one afternoon.......LOL.....

These hubs must be super hot google sites!! UP+++


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door Author

Did you hear the one about the frog with the wooden leg? One day I was walking down this road near a fish farm and ...


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

well, i love the turtle shells, very creative patterns


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

There are a few species around here in OK. I recently got a nice pic of the common snapping turtle. I wasn't aware of the wood turtle, so thanks for the info.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 10 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

I've no clue how you did that thing you did when you did it or now either. You know, that thing you did with all those images and clicking the thumbnails, etc.

I suspect witchcraft.


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tsadjatko 10 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door Author

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