5 Miles South of Hector, AR, 12 miles North of Atkins and 20 miles NE of Russellville, AR.
It didn't stay around long after we released him back where we saw it. I imagine that it went under our home for the winter. That was the direction it was headed. I was told one in a thousand of that species will have a beautiful yellow star pattern on their shell. Plus, it could be possible that 3-Toed Box turtles will cross breed with Ornate Box Turtles so some of the 3-toed will have the Ornate Yellow Starburst design like this one did.
A case of mistaken Identity. I thought the Box Turtle was an Ornate Box Turtle from the beautiful design on his shell. Fooled the Expert too. Alas, he ended up being just an unusual 3-toed Box Turtle. I never have seen one so colorful. It was measured and aged to be around 10 years old. I give the finding to my toy Beagle who found it for me on our woody property at home.