Nearly Wordless Wednesday: A Fortune Cookie and a To-Go Box

Remember this guy?

Yep. That's a fortune cookie, alright.

Yep. That’s a fortune cookie, alright.

The next day, this is what it looked like.

That's its tail. When I touched it, the turtle would curl its tail up. I think it's ticklish.

That’s its tail. When I touched it, the turtle would curl its tail up. I think it’s ticklish.

I would show you a photo of the finished product, but I can’t. Because there are eight of them now, and I have no idea which is which. Eight. I was pretty wrong. And there are still a couple of eggs that might hatch. We’re almost at 50% as it is. Not bad considering their story.

Full to the top with cute? Ready for that to-go box? Coming right up.

I want to stick it in my pocket and take it home. I won't. No, really.

I want to stick it in my pocket and take it home. I won’t. No, really. Can you see that egg tooth.? It blows me away!

Here's your to-go box. Box turtle, that is. It hatched yesterday. It's an Eastern Box Turtle, Tennessee's state reptile.

Here’s your to-go box. Box turtle, that is. It hatched yesterday. It’s an Eastern Box Turtle, Tennessee’s state reptile.

Its plastron is completely different from the snapping turtles'. You can see the beginnings of some yellow, though it may take a few years for real color to appear. Note how its yolk is almost completely absorbed.

Its plastron is completely different from the snapping turtles’. You can see the beginnings of some yellow, though it may take a few years for real color to appear. Note how its yolk is almost completely absorbed.

This post is for my friend, sj. I hope she knows why. All the purty turtles to you, sj!

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29 thoughts on “Nearly Wordless Wednesday: A Fortune Cookie and a To-Go Box

  1. Oh, the baby box turtle is WONDERFUL. Look at that little FAAAAACE! He also looks like he has dinosaur plates on the back of his shell, which are probably because he was all squished in his egg, but now I’m imagining him growing up to be a GIGANTIC DINO-TURTLE!

    I would have much trouble not walking out with pocketsful of turtles. They’d have to do an airport patdown of me everytime I left. “Amy…we’ve talked about this…” “SIGH, HERE. I’m sorry. I COULD NOT HELP IT!”

    • The egg tooth really makes them look like dinosaurs to me. I don’t know why box turtle egg teeth are soooo huge!

      I was proud of myself because my direct supervisor wasn’t even there, and I managed to restrain myself from swiping the box turtle!

  2. Oh the last photo just pushed me over the edge of cute! I want to put them all in my pockets and run away with them!!! I don’t know how you can work with them and not actually die of cute overload

  3. the last picture made me say awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww so loud my hubby came through from the next room to see what was going on lol. Absolutely beautiful! x

  4. I love how the last picture looks posed just like the ones where the dad’s hold their babies up for the first pic in the hospital after delivery. Your hand looks very proud. 😉

  5. Love the tiny little guys and gals–especially Sharp Tooth!! ❤

    Also, I was at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium last week and I tried to take a pic of a tortoise for you, but it ended up being a reflection-selfie instead. 😦

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