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It seems EBT's are more active early in the day and after a rain. They usually just freeze in their tracks and retreat a bit into their protective shells when they see me coming their way.
Winston is a great turtle hunter...he will pull me several yards off a path when he smells a turtle trail. No worries though, he doesn't like to do more than point them out to me. I think he likes all the praise and the love I give him for his find! :)
So, boy or girl? How does one tell? I'll admit, I don't know that I can tell the young ones apart. I don't know when they mature.
The adult ones are easy to distinguish between the sexes.
Females have dull eye colors... brown or a little yellow.
Males have very bright red or orange eyes.
Winston and I saw this girl after a rain shower just a few mornings ago.
|Female...eating a breakfast of worm|
|Same female as picture above|
Here's my first baby of this spring to find...I guess girl due to eye color and flat bottom. I can't find any good information about when they may mature and their sex becomes obvious. I bet like their sea loving relatives they need a few years to mature. That noted...this could be a young boy!
|It's always hard to distinguish their size from my up close photos.|
|Isn't this tiny compared to my picture above? |
Remember, that's my lens cover! It measures just 2 1/4 inches across.
|I was nervous having my fingers so close to this mouth.|
Little or not, I'm pretty sure it would hurt!
EBT's hibernate under dried leaves, dead logs and old stumps. Win did find this one and he uncovered the leaves. I put the leaves back after my picture.
Females have a flat bottom
Males have a concave (very noticeable) bottom
This guy was tight in his shell
and this was the only way to tell if he was a boy or a girl.
So, why are the boys concave on the bottom?
For reproducing of course!
|Bright orange eyes...Male...but|
I didn't disturb these two.
Nature is so amazing!