And with them come the turtles.
Now, we're used to watching for deer and dodging rabbits, possums, raccoons, fox, red-tailed squirrels the size of Yorkshire Terriers, and kamikaze birds who insist on taking curb-to-curb flight paths instead of doing what should be a natural instinct, to fly Up. Translation - moving through space away from the earth., not across it.
I've re-situated a lot of box turtles/box tortoises, genus,Terrapene,
by picking them up on both
sides of their shell just behind the front legs, in case they get the urge to kick, but typically they withdraw into their
shell during transit.What I didn't know before writing this post it that here in Missouri we have the three-toed box turtle (so named because it has three toes on the hind legs), AND it's the "Official Reptile" of the state of Missouri. I didn't even know states had "official reptiles"! Flowers, trees and birds, yes, but not reptiles. Curious, I researched further and learned that 25 other states have recognized reptiles as being "Official". Do those critters end up on the state's "official seal", I wonder?
The best assist you can give these guys is with a thick stick or pole. Very long sticks and poles!
A far more common sight in Florida are painted turtles, Chrysemys picta.. Rafting or canoeing on a river or paddling around a lake you'd see them lined up on logs sunning themselves.