Blanding’s Turtles in the Library!
The Turtles are here! Come to the Children’s Room to meet our new Blanding’s turtle hatchlings. The Library is once again hosting two hatchlings for the 2017-2018 school year.
Our new turtles hatched on September 1, 2017. Each weighs about 11 grams and is about the size of a quarter (with legs). By June 2018 we hope to have turtles weighing 170 grams each! Next summer the turtles will return to the Georgetown wetland from where they hatched to grow up as free wild turtles.
These turtles are part of the Blanding’s Turtle Headstarting Program run by the Parker River Clean Water Association (PRCWA) and supported by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP).
Blandings turtles can live for 70 to 80 years but do not lay their first eggs until they are 14-16 years old. Hatchlings often fall victim to predators such as raccoons. Adult females are often hit and killed by cars while crossing the road to reach nesting sites. The NHESP ranks Blandings turtles as “Threatened” and “A Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan”.
For more information about Massachusetts Blanding’s turtles, please check out the NHESP’s fact sheet here: