July Turtle Tally Update
Long July days signal the closing of nesting season. As warmer nights and days become more frequent, little baby turtles are developing in their eggs, in nests underground.
Once the mother turtle has nested you are less likely see her on the roads and out basking in the open. The eggs that were inside her require high metabolism to develop, meaning long periods of sun bathing for a reptile. Now the turtle’s eggs are in the ground, using the suns radiant heat to develop. The mother prefers to stay safety just below the surface of the water, which is now warm enough to allow her to metabolize her food without being exposed to predators.
In the month of July, our Turtle Talliers submitted over a thousand turtle sightings! The most common sighting for this time of year is the Snapping turtle, with over 453 observations, followed by 424 Midland painted turtle observations, and third is the Northern map turtle, with 166 observations.
On Bobs and Crow Lake, near Perth, Ontario, Turtle Tallier Pat Grace was thrilled to make a recent discovery of a stinkpot turtle in his area! What a great sighting!