Box Turtle in my backyard

Box Turtle in Monmouth County, New Jersey

While cleaning my backyard one afternoon, I bumped into this beautiful box turtle hiding under the leaves. First when I saw the leaves move, I got scared / excited that probably there is a snake there or something but then when I saw it's shell, things changed, for the better. I relocated it to a open space for a quick photoshoot and then released it in the woods near a marsh, which is where it belongs. 


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