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Turtle Weathervane – Box Turtle

Box Turtle Weather Vane


This Box Turtle Weather Vane can be made either entirely in copper, or with a copper body and brass shell (or visa versa). We can also add optional gold leafed accents such as those depicted here. With the optional gold leafed accents this weathervane most closely resembles a real box turtle and as the copper naturally darkens to a deep chocolate brown color, the visual effect should become even more dramatic and lifelike.

The Box Turtle Weather Vane, Emydidae terrapene, was originally made in the large size (3-foot sculpture piece) as a barn warming gift for the son of one of our best customers. This family has many box turtles roaming their property in Florida and are particularly fond of these gentle reptiles. In addition to the Box Turtle Weather Vane, our customer has also given other West Coast Weather Vanes as gifts to various family members and has several of her own, including the Alligator Chasing a Fish and Large Mouth Bass Weathervane.

Turtles are frequently depicted in popular culture as easygoing, patient, and wise creatures. Due to their long lifespan, slow movement, sturdiness, and wrinkled appearance, they are an emblem of longevity and stability in many cultures around the world. Turtles rank up there with elephants for good luck and the promise of longevity.

There are also customer photos included above of one of our Box Turtle Weathervanes, mounted on a gazebo in North Carolina. Its always fun for us to see our creations in place and as they weather. We agree with this customer’s statement, ‘Gold Leaf was definitely worth it.’

If you are interested in Turtles in particular, we also offer a Snapping Turtle Weather Vane and a Sea Turtle Weather Vane. As is always the case, if you have a particular kind of turtle weathervane in mind, please let us know. We always enjoy working with customers to create new designs.

The box turtle Terrapene is a genus of turtle native to North America (United States and Mexico). It is also known as the box tortoise, although box turtles are terrestrial members of the American pond turtle family, Emydidae, and not members of the tortoise family, Testudinidae. They have large domed shells, which are hinged at the bottom, allowing the animal to close its shell tightly to escape predators. Box turtles have become popular pets, although their needs in captivity are complex. The average lifespan of adult box turtles is 50 years however a significant proportion live over 100 years.