From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
July 2010 Issue

Back Cover

Publish Date

Jun 30, 2010

What is it?



Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. The answer is revealed below.

Three-toed box turtle

On the back cover and right is a three-toed box turtle by Noppadol Paothong. A common, small, terrestrial turtle with a highdomed shell and normally three toes on each hind limb. In Missouri most egg-laying takes place from mid-May to early July. The baby turtles hatch in about three months, but eggs laid late in the summer will not hatch until the following spring. Female box turtles have the ability to store viable sperm and produce fertilized eggs up to four years after mating.

Also in this issue


Letters written to the Missouri Conservationist.

Plants & Animals

This resourceful, vegetation-loving rodent is a common resident of Missouri’s aquatic areas.

Places To Go

Enjoy summer’s outdoor pleasures in this forested Hickory County area along the Little Niangua River.

Note to Our Readers

There are more fields of scientific study now than there were when I started my conservation career more than 30 years ago.

News & Events

Upcoming news and events MDC has to offer.

Street Trees Pay Us Back

It's as if our urban trees were growing dollar bills instead of leaves.

Shutter Bugs

Stalking tiny wildlife for art and inspiration.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler