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Old 06-02-2008, 03:19 PM
 
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We've been amazed at the number of turtles we've come across and today my husband came across one that was trying to cross a busy street. He was able to pull over . . get the turtle in his car and he described the turtle as "running" when he put it on his front seat. I laughed so hard because I don't think I've ever seen a turtle running and was sorry to have missed that.
We've spotted several turtles at Umstead Park as well.

He brought the turtle to our complex where he released it into the woods are complex is surrounded by so I hope the turtle will be safer.

Does anyone know if turtles do better at places like Crabtree or Falls Lake where they have access to more water?

Loving those turtles!
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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Default Watch Your Fingers - Some Turtles Are Snappers

We had a turtle cross the street right next to our house trying to get to a water pond. I pointed out the turtle to my 4-yr old. Thank goodness my neighbors were out too. They are from Florida and they pointed out that the turtle we saw was an 'alligator snapping turtle' and if you get close enough for it to bite, they could take a finger. The turtle looked like it had an alligator tale and regular turtle body / shell etc. It was great to see but we kept our distance as it went into the pond. I realize there are all kinds of turtles in the area just be careful which ones you get close too.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
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Eastern Box Turtle Information

We have been seeing a lot of these Eastern Box Turtles. They are so cute!
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Yes, they like water.
I like to walk the wooden bridge at Lake Johnson and watch the turtles cruise on the top of the water.

This feller was down at Wake County Crowder District Park:

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Old 06-02-2008, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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After Hurricane Fran we found a huge turtle in our fenced in backyard. It was amazing. I don't know how it got there, but I put it inside a mini garbage can and carried him to the woods along a creek. I hope he made it ok. You may be witnessing his progeny?
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:39 PM
 
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We had a turtle cross the street right next to our house trying to get to a water pond. I pointed out the turtle to my 4-yr old. Thank goodness my neighbors were out too. They are from Florida and they pointed out that the turtle we saw was an 'alligator snapping turtle' and if you get close enough for it to bite, they could take a finger. The turtle looked like it had an alligator tale and regular turtle body / shell etc. It was great to see but we kept our distance as it went into the pond. I realize there are all kinds of turtles in the area just be careful which ones you get close too.

I'm not sure Alligator Snapping Turtle's are native to this area.
It may have been the similar Common Snapping Turtle. They are very
nasty when disturbed!! I tried to move a large one off the road once
and it scared me to death because it pivoted around towards my hand
and snapped.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Aw I love turtles. I went to the local petsmart once in hopes of buying one as a pet... but apparently its not allowed in North Carolina. Does anybody know why?
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:47 PM
 
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Aw I love turtles. I went to the local petsmart once in hopes of buying one as a pet... but apparently its not allowed in North Carolina. Does anybody know why?
They carry Salmonella bacteria that can be tranmitted to people.
That might be why.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Carrboro
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I saw over a dozen dead turtles on a bicycle ride up and down the 13 mile stretch on 751 from Durham to Apex yesterday. So much development is running them out of their habitats. They are very territorial too, so moving them to a new area (if you find one) may not be the best thing to do.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I have seen some turtles as well, however, my yard and flower beds have tons of those little teenie tiny frogs, they are so cute. They hide under the mulch and shrubs...if you move a little of the mulch they start jumping out...so cute...I will have to post a picture.
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