How exciting: I discovered an eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) digging a nest in my yard! We have a lot of box turtles on our property but I’ve never seen one build a nest. She reached in with her back leg and scooped out some dirt, and then she reached her other leg and scooped out some dirt. One leg then the other… She was at this for hours.
I took this video at 8pm. I sat nearby for a long time then took a break from the mosquitoes. When I came back at 10:30ish she had finished making her nest, laid her eggs and was in the process of returning the dirt into the hole.
I’m including this video, even though the quality is so bad, because I found it so interesting how she took such care in returning the soil. She mashes the soil down as best she can to pack it back in. When she completed her business, her nest location was undetectable.