State Of Emergency For Ontario’s Turtles

Ontario’s major turtle trauma centre is declaring a state of emergency after taking in nearly 600 injured turtles this year. The hospital at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre is bursting with the number of turtles it’s trying to rehabilitate. Turtle surgeon Sue Carstairs spends most of her days operating on dozens of turtles that have had their shells crushed by cars. Sue said this year we’re seeing the turtles on the move more than last year, possibly because of the wet weather. Many have very severe fractures of their shell, a lot of head trauma , especially in species like snapping turtles that can’t hide in their shell. The Blanding’s turtle is one of seven of Ontario’s turtles that is considered a species at risk as is the snapping turtle. The Blanding can live in the wild for more than 75 years, Snapping turtles up to 120 years or more. Turtles have a big problem crossing roads because of their slow pace…… Ed

Source: Marina von Stackelberg / photo: Shane Fowler/CBC)

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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