I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before this turtle is acclaimed as a “hero”:

A box turtle, outfitted with GPS, was being tracked by the National Park Service for research purposes. On July 14th, the turtle, located in Rock Creek Park, was found in a marijuana field just south of the Maryland line.

U.S. Park Police set up surveillance and discovered a suspect caring for the plants. The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Isiah Johnson of Chevy Chase, Maryland has been arrested.


  1. #1 Adrienne
    July 31, 2008

    So was the turtle attracted to the pot plants? Can turtles get some buzz from eating cannabis? Inquiring minds want to know!

  2. #2 Jason Failes
    July 31, 2008

    Was this the intent of outfitting the turtle with a GPS?

    In other words, do turtles naturally hone in on marijuana, or alternatively can they be trained to do so?

    (No wonder they move so slow.)

  3. #3 blf
    July 31, 2008

    That may look like a GPS-equipped box turtle to you. It’s supposed to. It’s really a cunning disguise. It’s supposed to look like a GPS-equipped box turtle. (Clever, eh?) It’s really part of the advance scouting party. Teh Pig Pharma Lizard Overlords are arriving…

  4. #4 qetzal
    July 31, 2008

    Wait. Is this ScienceBlogs or Fark?


  5. #5 vanderleun
    July 31, 2008

    I say we put a hit out on the turtle.

  6. #6 Buzz
    August 1, 2008

    Thanks! Yesterday, my thirteen year old let his three pet turtles out on the street, and now his crying because he thought they would come back! With hashish!

    And so on, and so on..

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