Terrapene carolina triungis
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|Memories of our Texas backyard:|
This Three-toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina triungis) visited spontaneously our garden---and laid fertile eggs into a flowerbed. After a few weeks we had 12 small turtles crawling around---that quickly got picked up by birds. Texas has three species of these interesting creatures with broad hinges fore and aft in their shell. In case of danger the turtles completely withdraw and close up so tightly that not even a knive would penetrate.
Imagine the joy of us Europeans at the sight that have about 5-6 times less species of trees, reptiles, amphibians over the whole surface than do the North Americans. The explanation is not just overexploitation of European soil by man but also the effect of glaciation: In Canada & U.S. the Rocky mountains are roughly perpendicular to the direction of advancement of ice, in Europe the Alps & Carpathes form a barrage that makes a succesive movement of plants and animals to the South much more difficult: many species went extinct in the last glaciations.
The slide was scanned, the background needed blurring in PS. Enjoy.
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