Eastern Box Turtle. Box Turtles can be found throughout Hunterdon County. "Box turtles
forage for food, primarily plant matter, on land and spend much of their
sleep time dug into burrows or wedged under fallen trees or rocks, safe
from predators. They do, however, require plenty of fresh shallow water
(one quarter to one third their shell height); while they are not as adept
at swimming and diving as the water turtles, they can paddle around. While
this water time is generally used for rehydration and voiding body wastes,
some are know to do a bit of foraging of aquatic plants and invertebrates
at that time. Omnivorous when young, adults eat mostly vegetation"
(Melissa Kaplan). This is a female due to the flat plastron (lower shell)
of the turtle.