The North American Wood Turtle: Glyptemys insculpta, could be the most intelligent of all turtles!
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Old Red Legs
WOOD TURTLE NESTING
Beautiful Wood Turtle photosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Care, Clubs, Rescue, and Adoptions
- California Turtle & Tortoise Club
- Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society
- The Turtle Ranch
- Breeding Turtles
- Indiana Turtle Care
- Turtle Homes
- Tortoise Reserve
- Tortoise Trust
- World Chelonian Trust
Wood Turtle Pages
- Michigan State University
- World Chelonian Trust
- Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
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 TurtleClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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...
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.
More little known facts about a couple unique species!
- What you should know about Eastern Box Turtles: Terrapene carolina carolina
"Box Turtles? You mean tarpins, 'swhat we call 'em, and yeah, we seen 'em all the time!" Most read this only to realize they know NOTHING about these amazing little GEMS of the woods!
- The "uncommon" Common Snapping Turtles: Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Uncommon, unbelievable and expensive morphs of the common snapping turtle and other interesting snapping turtle facts like how to help them cross a road and turtle soup.
- "Paw, why do the little box turtles try to cross the road? Can we help them?"
Why conventional wisdom about these unique little box turtles can be just wrong! We need more wildlife "experts" that really want to deal with the problem rather than telling politicians what they want to hear.