An Eastern box turtle should NEVER be relocated, or brought home as a pet. These precious animals are considered to be threatened and endangered, with the pet trade and personal “kidnapping” being among of their biggest risks. When handled, they experience extreme stress but don’t have the strength or speed to get away. Keeping a wild box turtle as a pet is deadly for the turtle due to their strict nutritional needs, and it is usually illegal, as well. If you see a wild turtle crossing the road, simply help it along in the way it was going. If it’s not in the road, please leave where it is and admire your turtle neighbor from afar.