Hercules was seen for several days in February, and then he disappeared again. I put out blueberries and sometimes they would be gone, but after not seeing him bask in the sun or soak in his little pond, I decided he must have gone looking for a mate, and that birds must have been taking the berries.
I made "Missing Box Turtle" fliers to put around the neighborhood. I even went to the animal shelter this morning and posted a flier there before getting more made at Office Depot. I was on my way to staple them to telephone poles and stick them in mailboxes when I decided to search the outer, big yard some more.
I realized there is no way he could have gotten out of that yard. (A big raccoon might have been able to carry him off, but seemed unlikely.) So I stopped what I was doing and started weeding his little yard some more.
And I was brutal, pulling out those plants along the wall. Finally, when I got to the back wall, there he was. I do think he'd reburied himself after his brief appearance in February, but I can't be sure.
I brought him in to weigh and to soak in the sink. I think he drank, but he snubbed his food, and then made a circuit of his yard before hiding himself again.
I found some snails for him in the neighbor's plants; his yard had none.
I'm probably the only person you know who searches for snails to bring IN to their yard. I don't even know if he eats them.