So I just took the dogs for a walk prior to going to lunch (which means driving to Pet Supplies Plus for pet supplies) and as we took our little path through a patch of pines what do I see but a turtle train. Okay so if two box turtles in a line constitutes a train. But seeing two together did give me a chance for observation, despite the fact that they snapped their shells shut as soon as all the dogs came a'sniffin'. I never see turtles in groups, not even in the good old days when they'd come out of the woodwork, so to speak, after a good rainand all seem to be trying to cross the roads I traveled.
As many turtles as I've moved out of the road, you'd think I'd have noticed that apparently no two are alike. Is that true? It certainly was of the two turtles in the train in the woods. The back turtle had a slightly boxier shell and much brighter colors--an orange only slightly more muted than the NCDOT work vehicles. The pattern on its shell really made me think of heiroglyphics. The turtle in front was much more muted, the color being more tan and in a pattern that brought to mind nothing so much as tie dye. A tie-dyed box turtle, how cool is that?
I wish I had taken my camera with me, but you know, as fast as turtles move, I'm sure they wouldn't be there if I walked back up to the back of the property with camera in hand. LOL!