This Blog is dedicated to the enthusiasm surrounding the newest Frederick County Nature Center. Opened in February 2011, the center is an environmentally-friendly building situated on 139 acres along beautiful Catoctin Creek. Come visit and walk the trails, play a tune on the musical garden, enjoy the creek, explore the playground and visit the exhibits in the Nature Center.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Naturalist Corner: Eastern Box Turtles
Box Turtles have unique markings and pigmentations on the bottoms of their shells.
Have you seen me?
We are interested in collecting information regarding our resident box turtle here at the park. If you encounter a box turtle while walking the trails please bring it back to the nature center. *Please make sure you keep track of where you found the turtle. Nature Center Staff will take a photograph of the turtles shell and make notes regarding the individual turtles physical characteristics i.e.: eye color, the color of their head & front legs, the markings on the underside of their shell, and then return the turtle to where they were found. We are also able to estimate the age of the turtle by counting the growth rings on the top of their shell.
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