Why did the turtle cross the road?

In the springtime, we cautioned you about turtles crossing the roads because the females were on a mission! They were all looking for a suitable nesting site. Well guess what? Hatchlings are emerging from their leathery eggs using a small egg tooth to break the shell. This happens from August to October. They are now on their mission to find a safe location. You may not see them on the roads as much as the full grow females but they are out there. The Snapping Turtle is also the official New York State Reptile and there are millions of them out there!!

The photo in this article was taken by Friend’s member Jim Pierson, our resident “Science Guy” on one of his daily hikes through Potter’s Point.

Thank you Jim!