September 09, 2013

The Great Escape

The Great Escape by ricmcarthur
The Great Escape, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Come on guys, I'll show you the way.
One bold map turtle hatchling leads the way to freedom while the others try to figure what's happening.
A large release of about 20 clutches, only a few more releases then it will be over for another year.
Photo taken at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Scientific stuff
Due to heavy predation of the turtle nests a research program has been started where nests are dug up by researchers and the site GPS'd.
The eggs are incubated off site and after hatching are released at the nest sites.
These are map turtles being released.
The fine light lines on the carapace of the Northern Map Turtle look like contour lines on a topographic map.
Graptemys geographica

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