Saturday, September 04, 2010

Don’t Fear These Turtles

The turtle eggs that were discovered at Lake Elkhorn back in July have hatched and though they are a long way from their customary Mississippi River habit, the false map turtles are not technically considered an invasive species. According to this story by Larry Carson in The Sun, Ray Bosmans, the president of the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society, is “not certain whether the appearance of the turtles is anything to be concerned about. "It's not like the snakehead," he said, referring to the invasive, crawling fish species. "[The turtles] may not cause a problem."

The turtle eggs were discovered by Kathy Colston who alerted the Howard County Parks & Recreation naturalist, Sue Muller. Sue turned them over to Ray who served as midwife to the little fellas.

Actually it’s those native turtles that really pose a threat this Labor Day weekend, particularly if you’re a Navy fan.
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