Bulletin of the Boston Society of Natural History Volume 25-48

Bulletin of the Boston Society of Natural History Volume 25-48

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... by Dr. Feank Ovcrlon. A BOX TORTOISE, LONG ISLAND, N. Y. on a black shell. They both become quite tame in captivity. Both occur well over the eastern United States. Now. just a word about our two land turtles or tortoises, although strictly speaking we have no true land tortoises in New England. The first, the Wood Tortoise, is about six inches long, with a rough upper shell of concentric ridges that look as if they had been carved out of wood. The under shell is yellow, blotched with black, and the neck is a brick red. They become very tame and make attractive pets. I once had one so tame that it would eat strawberries out of my hand and follow me about like a dog. The Wood Tortoise is found south as far as Virginia and west as far as Wisconsin. The other, the Box Tortoise, is also a very interesting animal. It has a high domclike shell, like a true tortoise. The upper shell is blotched with irregular yellow, orange, or red markings, and the lower shell is hinged in the middle so that the turtle can enclose itself wholly within its armor, and I have seen them closed so tightly, that I could not insert the small blade of a pcnknife anywhere along the edge. There is an African tortoise which has the upper shell hinged somewhat after the same manner. Box Tortoises were once common on Cape Cod, but owing to the many forest fires there, they are fast disappearing. The young of these two land turtles are very rarely found. I do not know why. I have never found but two young Box Tortoises. The range of the Box Tortoise is from Maine to Georgia, and west to Tennessee and Michigan. Now there are just a few rules to follow in keeping turtles for pets. They need warm quarters, with sunlight, and with a temperature of at least 75 F., or they will...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927338
  • 9781236927330