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Tiny Terrapins Making Headway

March 2, 2018

Tiny Terrapins Making Headway

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Adam K. Thompson Adam K. Thompson

Zoo Atlanta has partnered with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island to rear young diamondback terrapins for release. Most of the tiny turtles are being raised at Zoo Atlanta hatched from eggs collected from road-struck female terrapins on the Jekyll Island Causeway. These turtles are raised for one year before being released back into Jekyll’s coastal marshes. This approach helps to ensure they have a good head start at life in the wild. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center has also implemented monitoring efforts and new road signage warning drivers to slow down for turtles. A “turtle patrol” travels up and down the causeway during nesting season assisting female turtles to cross the road or picking up injured turtles for medical treatment.

The blue paint on this turtle’s back is numbering that helps to keep track of each individual’s growth.

EDITOR’S NOTE: March 3 is World Wildlife Day, a global annual event dedicated to wildlife. The photo above was chosen as the top submission for Wild View’s Time for Turtles assignment and represents this special day.

Canon 6D with 2 Canon SpeedLight 600EX-RTs

Atlanta, USA Map It


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