So far this season we have admitted over 120 turtles into our care. Most of these were adults that have been injured on our roadways. Adding to this total are the many, many babies that are currently hatching! One clutch of 51 snapping turtle eggs had 47 successful hatchings! All 47 were released back into the area where the mother was found. We also have 10 Blanding’s turtles busy hatching, and a number of painted turtles from several different clutches.
The adult turtles that are not ready for release by autumn will stay with us for the entire winter to recover. Painted turtles that hatch later in the season often overwinter in their nest, so the late hatching eggs that are still incubating at KTTC will also stay in our care until the spring.