You'll encounter these denizens of the canal occasionally hobbling across the
towpath. They're different from the black aquatic variety that are usually
lazing in the sun on the ends of logs in the watery parts.
They make pretty good pets. I found one on the road one day while driving
to Dickerson and took him home. During the trip he, uh, relieved himself in
the car so I named him Dumpy. We kept him for a few days, stuffed him full
of earthworms, and finally let him go.
Sometime later I came across another Eastern Box turtle on the towpath but he
was hurt, it looked as though a bicycle ran over one of his feet. He couldn't
get around very well and I was concerned. Even though you're not supposed
to pluck flowers or animals from public parks, I made an exception for this poor
guy. I named him Stumpy, in honor of the former Dumpy and his disability.
We stuffed Stumpy full of worms too but it didn't look as though his foot was
getting better. So we took him to the turtle doctor. They kindly took
him, and fixed him up for free but we had to turn him over to the vet for keeps.
We visited him once and he looked very happy!