May 2012

KTTC Mapping Locations of Turtles Injured on Roads

By |2012-05-01T17:38:11-05:00May 1st, 2012|Research, Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized|

Snapping Turtle on a Road Shoulder (photo: Christine Jennings) Ontario has eight native turtle species, seven of which have been listed by both the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and by the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) as species at risk. Turtles [...]

February 2012

Snapping Turtle – on the road to extinction

By |2012-02-21T17:51:08-05:00February 21st, 2012|Research, Uncategorized|

Turtles and tortoises are among the most endangered group of vertebrate animals in the world: more than half of the 328 known species are threatened with extinction. In Ontario, road mortality is one of the leading threats to turtles - but it is not the only one. Despite being listed as a species of special [...]

January 2012

December 2011

Time to Give Turtles a Brake

By |2011-12-15T22:33:28-05:00December 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Although "turtle season" has wound down and Canadian turtles have gone into hibernation, work for Kate Siena and Dr. Sue Carstairs continues. This winter there will be 191 turtles under care at the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre (KTTC). Peterborough's KTTC opened in 2002 and since then has successfully treated and released thousands of turtles back [...]

May 2011

June 2010

The Nursery Ward

By |2010-06-30T15:05:00-05:00June 30th, 2010|Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized|

The majority of turtles hit by cars in the in the spring and early summer are adult females on their way to nest. This means that many of the females that are admitted to the KTTC are "gravid", or carrying eggs. Many of the patients drop their eggs during their stay with us. Weplace artificial [...]

October 2009

Turtle Videos

By |2009-10-07T22:29:00-05:00October 7th, 2009|Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized|

The KTTC now has a YouTube account to chronicle our rehabilitation effort! Snapping Turtle sauntering around the centre Young Map Turtles being released into the wild Other videos of interest: Our Incredible World Snapper Profile Hinterland Who's Who Snapping Turtle Webisode

May 2009

An Updated Herpetofaunal Atlas for Ontario Beginning in 2009

By |2009-05-01T19:34:25-05:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Thirty of Ontario’s forty-three species of reptiles are listed as Endangered, Threatened, or of Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Many of Ontario’s reptile species only occur in the southernmost parts of the province, which has become one of the most developed regions in Canada. As a [...]

Spotlight on the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

By |2009-05-01T19:26:12-05:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

People who work in wildlife rehabilitation are supposed to avoid words like “cute” and “cuddly”. Wildlife in our care are just that – wild. We are not supposed to think of them as cute. That being said, the Spotted Turtle is one cute wild animal. This is the smallest turtle you'll find in Ontario, with [...]

Precious Little Turtles on the Brink

By |2009-05-01T19:21:56-05:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

One of my personal favourite species of reptile that lives here in our province is the spotted turtle, Clemmys guttata. It’s Canada’s smallest species of turtle, and they’re easily our most beautiful! With bright orange skin, yellow spots on a jet black shell, the cutest little faces, and spunk and personality to spare, they are [...]

Turtle Myths Busted

By |2009-05-01T19:20:16-05:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Myth #1: Turtles will give you Salmonella. Salmonella bacteria are found naturally in the intestines of mammals, birds, reptiles, some pets, some humans and is also present in the environment. Salmonellosis, a serious infection of the gastrointestinal tract, can be spread by handling animals or even by human-human contact. It is very important to wash [...]

January 2009

Spotlight on the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

By |2009-01-29T18:50:57-05:00January 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|

This young snapper just hatched, thanks to the sharp egg tooth still visible on the end of its snout. (courtesy of R. Dolson) The Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre would like to pay homage this month to the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). In 2008, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada [...]