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
They have a hinged shell that allows them to close it up completely if
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.
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?
On Fri, 15 Jul 2005, Nicole H wrote:
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.
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch." -Jack Nicholson
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.
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.
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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