Diane Lapin writes, “Thank you all for helping us locate the perfect little spot for our Turtle release on Sunday. Noel, thank you so much for providing access and information and, of course, watermelon! Now it is up to nature!”
Thanks so much Diane for keeping us updated!
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GMG received the following call for help from Diane Lapin this morning. If anyone living on Langsford Pond can help Diane, please leave a comment in the comment section and I will email you Diane’s phone number. Thank you!!!
Kim Smith’s post on the Eastern Painted Turtle is quite timely. I have a request for help from GMG.Last fall, while renovating an area of lawn that I had torn up in the spring, but never got to finishing, we accidently dug up a clutch (??) of baby painted turtles, destroying their nest.
Long story … they have been cared for a wild life rehabilitator in New Hampshire and are now ready to be released.
My neighborhood is heavily wooded and fairly large, but Langsford Pond is the pond the mother came from. It is through the woods behind my house and difficult to traverse from here.
The 5 surviving turtles are ready to be released and I need access to the pond (near a reedy part for their protection) for their release. Chris, the wildlife rehabilitator from NH will be releasing them.
I know a lot of people in our ‘hood read your blog, so perhaps someone will have and be able to provide that access to us to return the babies home?
The release will be on Friday or Saturday of this week (still awaiting finalization).
As per law, the turtles must be returned to Mass and to the body of water they came from.
Perhaps a helpful GMG reader can help us secure a accessible location with lots of reeds to return the little one’s back to their home?
Diane M. Lapine
The female Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) deposits her eggs in a hole, or nest, which she has excavated with her hind legs. She lays between three and 14 eggs. Depending on soil and air temperatures, the eggs incubate unattended in the soil for six to twelve weeks. Sex of the hatchlings is determined by the temperatures the eggs were exposed to in the nest. Warmer temperatures produce females. Cooler temperatures produce males. Some eggs are deposited close to the surface and others are laid first and are deeper in the soil. The slight differences in position in the nest produce enough variances in temperature to ensure that both males and females are produced from the same nest.
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