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Notes from the Field

Release of Spiny Soft Shell Turtles

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

RTPI conservation staff Jonathan Townsend and Twan Leenders recently joined wildlife rehabilitation specialists Shelby Priester and Karen Slote to help with the release of three rare spiny softshell turtles. The three youngsters were collected last summer or fall by a private individual, who likely found them somewhere right after they hatched and were leaving their nest to head to a nearby river. Spiny softshell turtles are a species of special conservation concern in New York State and protected by the law. Taking home found baby turtles is never a good idea. It very rarely ends well for...

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