A long-running housing boom has made the District an unwelcoming habitat for many lifelong residents. And the ranks of the displaced appear to be branching out along species lines: According to Rock Creek Park wildlife specialist Ken Ferebee, a box turtle that turned up Sunday at the corner of 36th and Norton Streets NW has managed to live wild in the District for an estimated 50 years. Resident Peggy Weidlein spotted the elderly reptile wandering dangerously close to a street catch basin, so she took it home and called Ferebee, who tags turtles for the park. Weidlein was a bit surprised when Ferebee told her it was the largest—weighing in at 1.7 pounds—and probably the oldest turtle ever tagged in the District. “I don’t like to mess with wildlife,” explains Weidlein. “But I thought it would either get run over or go down the drain.” —Dave Jamieson