My question is I'm talking box turtle here, specifically a three-toed. I swear, no matter how quiet I am, I've caught my turtle actually sleeping like one time (and that was pretty funny, because she was draped over a log with all her legs and her head hanging out, limp that didn't last long). Once. Every other time I try and sneak up, she's standing there looking at me as soon as I look in. It's kind of creepy, actually. Also, do they use their hearing for hunting by any chance?
And yeah, I know I could probably find the answers on the web, but isn't it a lot easier just to ask someplace where a bunch of people already know the answer?
And for those who may want to kick me in the nuts for having a three toed box in captivity, she was caught wandering down the sidewalk in Santa Clara, CA. Not a real fine candidate for a release back into the wild, especially since there's one of the largest Western box populations in the state on a golf course near here. I'd hate to think she be carrying any kind of parasite back into an already stressed population. Besides, we've developed a relationship. Thanks!
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My question is I'm talking box turtle here, specifically a three-toed. I swear, ... as I look in. It's kind of creepy, actually. Also, do they use their hearing for hunting by any chance?

Boy, nobody, eh?
My question is ... do they use their hearing for hunting by any chance?

Boy, nobody, eh?

I don't know what the latest research shows, but historically it's been said turtles can't hear, at least in the sense that we do they rely more on vibrations transmitted through the ground and "hear" that way (kind of like how a bat "sees" with sonar).

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I don't know what the latest research shows, but historically it's been said turtles can't hear, at least in the sense that we do they rely more on vibrations transmitted through the ground and "hear" that way (kind of like how a bat "sees" with sonar).

Thanks that makes sense... I'm amazed at the visual acuity, too.. Drop a grub in front of her, and it'll lay really still.. but if it as much as twitches, she's on it in a second. I've also seen her eyeballing her food dish from three feet off, while the veggie stuff is moving sround because of critters moving around in the dish. This makes sense if they don't have a real sense of auditory hearing, I guess. She also seems to find grubs and dig them up from under wherever they may be hiding. I don't know if that's luck, or if she "hears" them.