PADNWS-08-06-22 ODRS DOG DAYS - PHOTO

Box turtles like this one may cope with hot, dry conditions common during the dog days by digging in to litter and estivating, a summer version of hibernation.

Here we are in the dog days, which have nothing to do with thrown tennis balls or belly rubs.

There are some canine references that apply, but we’re talking about the dog days of summer, ostensibly the hottest, humid and oppressive part of summer.

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