Hatchling map turtle.
The turtle recovery program at Rondeau has reached the release stag.
Nest are dug up in the spring as soon as they are laid and the location GPS.
This is to protect the eggs from predators such as raccoons.
The eggs are placed in incubators and after hatching are released back at the original nest sites.
I provided the turtle taxi.
Northern map turtles inhabit large rivers and lakes with slow-moving water and a soft bottom. They require high-quality water that supports the female’s mollusc prey. These turtles may congregate in areas with abundant basking sites.
source - Ontario Nature.