Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

Created: March 8th, 2017 - 03:25 PM
Last Modified: March 8th, 2017 - 09:34 PM
Entered by: Vic Bogosian
Record 17195
Berrien County
2017-03-08 12:34:00
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Posted by David Mifsud on Mar 13, 2017 at 08:15 PM

Thanks Vic for sharing and Nick for watching out! An outstanding find for sure and glad to see there is a healthy population there. I would not be surprised if they had already started mating for the season. They are a very early active species. Spectacular find and so appreciative to have researchers sharing their findings here!

Posted by Vic Bogosian on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Totally understandable. The first one I caught I planned to release as quickly as possible once I took some photos, but within five minutes I caught four more. It was then I regretted not bringing the PIT tag kit along and called my technician to deliver it to me :)

Posted by Nick Scobel on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:36 PM

Cool! Just wanted to be sure, don't see them in buckets too often :)

Posted by Vic Bogosian on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Yes, long term mark-recapture.

Posted by Nick Scobel on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Were these detained as part of a research project?

The Michigan Herp Atlas began in 2004 in an effort to collect observational data about Michigan's amphibians and reptiles.

Our goal is to document their distribution and help measure changes or trends in populations.