Colorful Three-Toed Box Turtle

Three-Toed Box Turtle - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Three-Toed Box Turtle - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

I photographed this Three-Toed Box Turtle while it was crossing the tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was able to get a closeup to show the colors of this turtle.

Heads of adult males and females are often brightly colored with a combination of white, orange, yellow or red. Males usually have red eyes whereas females usually have brown eyes. I am guessing this is a male since it has red eyes.

I came across some information that the males are the ones that display these bright colors on the head and throat.

How I Got The Shot - Three-Toed Box Turtle

I was driving the paved tour road located in the Sand Town area when I spotted this Box Turtle crossing the road. Most of the time when a Turtle sees a vehicle it will duck into its shell. This one did not. I had to exit my pickup quickly to get a few fast shots before it disappeared into the tall vegetation. I was able to get close without it going into its shell.

I was hand holding a Fujifilm X-T3 with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/1700 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 800. White Balance was set on auto.

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