Keeping turtles out of melon patch?

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On this note, you can trellis melons. Use panty hose to support each melon and tie it off to the fence.
What type and how big is this turtle?
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I don't know the species. It's about the same size as a small cantalope.
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Pat wrote:

Most likely a box turtle of some sort, which are the most common land turtles in the U.S. (Note--these are actually turtles and not tortoises, though they are land-dwelling.) Eastern box turtles have a dome-shaped black and yellow/orange shell and prefer woodland environments. Western box turtles are somewhat similar looking but a bit smaller, and prefer grasslands environments.
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/eastern_box_turtle.htm
They have a hinged shell that allows them to close it up completely if they're threatened.
We have a pet box turtle that is inordinately fond of melons. The good news is that they're also quite fond of slugs! As others have noted, they can't really climb and are not all that persistant for the most part.
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http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/eastern_box_turtle.htm
Yes, this turtle can close itself up in the shell completely.
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We have a box turtle and he loves snails.... he is very persistant... stubborn little guy... he can't climb either... my CA desert tortoises can

http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/eastern_box_turtle.htm
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Sheesh! Given that this beast is eating cantelopes, I would guess you will need some kind of extra heavy duty panty hose of a type I have never encountered. Maybe the women in here (perhaps from a nunnery) have some more specific recommendations (e.g., brand, manufacturer, construction material, etc)? Should it be fiberglass, carbon fiber, steel mesh or what?
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Suspending melons in cut panty hose (or just buy a package of cheap knee-hi nylons!) works well also! I used to do that when the vines climbed the fence just to support them so they would not break off early under their own weight.
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What you have is much more likely to be a tortoise, terrestial types with claws. Turtles are aquatic species with flippers. Those that are not threatened species are employed holding up the universe.
Either could be kept out with a small fence as they cannot climb very well and cannot jump at all.
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nope, box turtles are turtles and don't have flippers

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David Hare-Scott wrote:

No, we had a painted turtle in our yard a few weeks ago. (we live on the waterfront) She most certainly had claws and not flippers. I know turtles that live in the ocean have flippers. Off hand, I don't remember seeing any fresh water turtles with flippers.
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We have tortoises (as pets) and we just use some chicken wire to keep 'em out of stuff. They don't climb much and usually fall over if they do.
Not very expensive either to close areas off.... go to a feed store and they can help you out.

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