every fire I"ve ever wandered around in either while still burning or out within last few days I have found at least one dead boxer,sometimes several.No dead snakes so i assume they get underground.Boxers obviously aren't fast enough or can dig fast enough to get away.I love how fire opens the woods up and their gorgeous as they come back from it but every time i see a dead box turtle it kinda ruins the some how gorgeous freshly burned woods and i can no longer think about how pretty they will be in a few years though in a few years the boxer has faded into memory.I have seen very few critters of other kinds caught in a fire.smaller ones are probably incinerated but I think most mammals can out run or go underground and most reptiles go undeground.water turtles and amphibians are already in a good place and can hit the mud if they have to.Birds of course make like a bat out of hell.Sadly none of them have fire insurance. But are quite free from posessions which makes insurance laughable.Al, Ive always wondered how box turtles fare during fires. I dont think they have any ability to avoid it unless they get in a tree stump or dig into wet mud. Have you seen alot dead in burned areas? Dozens?
This photo was taken during the storm, Wednesday night at 8:15 PM. I was standing in the marsh by Great Bay getting rained on and listening to the distant thunder on the mainland (though I saw no lightning), and wondering if I was going to get lit up."An investigation found that the cause of the fire was a lightning strike on several trees on the evening of Wednesday, July 19," said NJDEP Spokesman Bob Considine.