What does it all mean? For now, we’re refraining from any “big picture” interpretation of the numbers. We don’t think we have enough numbers from which to draw solid conclusions. Our boxies generally seem to follow the pattern that their activity increases immediately after rain, and especially after a rain day that was preceded by several dry days. When the drought kicked in, then the turtles got off the roads. The ones that were found then usually turned up much closer to a stream bed than in wetter periods. If those observations are sound, then it may be a reflection of the box turtle’s evolution from a purely aquatic turtle, like its relatives, to a more land-adapted lifestyle. They still need lots of water, and they gear their activity and choice of surroundings to finding it.