Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

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Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

Post by Zach Cava » July 1st, 2017, 7:36 pm

I was excited to find this box turtle nesting in a suburban neighborhood where I've never seen T. carolina before. In such developed landscapes, cemeteries may act as refugia for box turtles and other wildlife by providing relatively large areas of open green space (assuming there is suitable habitat).

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Post by chris_mcmartin » July 2nd, 2017, 6:17 pm

Cool and interesting...Cemeteries as greenspace; that's thinking outside the box (coffin)!

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Post by Zach Cava » July 3rd, 2017, 10:29 am

chris_mcmartin wrote:Cool and interesting...Cemeteries as greenspace; that's thinking outside the box (coffin)!
and the older ones tend to be connected to railroads, which often have thick vegetative buffer, so there's potential dispersal routes

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Re: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

Post by Fieldherper » July 5th, 2017, 8:48 pm

That's deep. Truly a metaphor for "the circle of life."

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Re: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

Post by reptologist » July 6th, 2017, 6:04 pm

That's a cool find. I also had a cemetery herping experience recently. While attending a friend's father's burial in Camden NJ I was completely shocked to hear a few northern grey tree frogs calling. His dad was ex-military and got a military burial complete with "Taps" performed with a bugle. They only called during the rendition and never made a sound for the rest of the ceremony. For those of you who are not familiar with Camden, it is probably the last place I would expect to hear tree frogs.

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Re: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

Post by Zach Cava » July 7th, 2017, 4:52 pm

reptologist wrote:That's a cool find. I also had a cemetery herping experience recently. While attending a friend's father's burial in Camden NJ I was completely shocked to hear a few northern grey tree frogs calling. His dad was ex-military and got a military burial complete with "Taps" performed with a bugle. They only called during the rendition and never made a sound for the rest of the ceremony. For those of you who are not familiar with Camden, it is probably the last place I would expect to hear tree frogs.
very cool, sorry about your friend's dad.

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Re: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

Post by reptologist » July 14th, 2017, 5:32 pm

Zach Cava wrote:
reptologist wrote:That's a cool find. I also had a cemetery herping experience recently. While attending a friend's father's burial in Camden NJ I was completely shocked to hear a few northern grey tree frogs calling. His dad was ex-military and got a military burial complete with "Taps" performed with a bugle. They only called during the rendition and never made a sound for the rest of the ceremony. For those of you who are not familiar with Camden, it is probably the last place I would expect to hear tree frogs.
very cool, sorry about your friend's dad.
Thank you.

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