Washington Co., WI – The Wisconsin Division of Pure Sources (DNR) is asking the general public to present turtle moms and the following technology of turtles a serving to hand by following a couple of straightforward actions all through turtle nesting season.
This time of 12 months, turtles are starting to emerge from rivers, lakes and wetlands to put eggs. Wisconsin’s 11 turtle species lay eggs in nests from late Could via June in sunny and well-draining uplands, the place they’re extremely seen alongside roads and in residential yards.
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Many females are run over by automobiles throughout these annual nesting migrations, a number one explanation for turtle decline all through Wisconsin. Turtle nests additionally expertise excessive ranges of predation as populations of nest-raiding animals resembling raccoons, skunks and coyotes have grown past historic ranges.
“The nesting season is a extremely powerful time to be a turtle mom. Many are faraway from the inhabitants by automotive collisions on roads, whereas some protected species are illegally taken from the wild and bought within the unlawful pet commerce,” stated Andrew Badje, DNR Conservation Biologist. “Defending grownup females and turtle nests within the wild are one of the best methods to preserve turtle populations in Wisconsin.”
Wisconsin’s protected turtle species face extra challenges. Wooden turtles and Blanding’s turtles can’t reproduce till they attain 12 to twenty years, and ornate field turtles have a tendency to provide few eggs every year. Due to this fact, the removing or demise of even one feminine turtle per 12 months can result in inhabitants declines or the elimination of native populations.
The DNR encourages folks to think about following these protecting actions from now till the top of July:
Study extra about turtles in Wisconsin on the DNR’s Turtle Conservation Program webpage.
Cowl photograph of mom turtle courtesy John Sternig