Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

Created: June 20th, 2017 - 10:39 AM
Last Modified: June 20th, 2017 - 03:39 PM
Entered by: David Mifsud
Record 18705
Clare County
2017-06-19 18:29:58
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Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 at 01:31 PM

I work with the MDNR, we have partnered on the MI Herp Atlas. My Company Herpetological Resource and Management administers the program which is coordinated by Lori Sargent of MDNR. If you can document the locations of rehabbed turtles you receive that would be great!We will certainly let you know about volunteer opportunities as well.

Thanks so much!


Posted by Scott Yonkers on Jun 23, 2017 at 10:52 AM

That is awesome you have been working with this for so long. Are you on the DNR staff? See your name a lot out here.

I am a licensed rehabilitator for turtles, always looking for new ways to help and volunteer for our native species. Ever have opportunities where you want extra help let me know - yonkers(dot)scott(at)gmail(dot)com or (six one six) 886-six nine six four

Posted by David Mifsud on Jun 23, 2017 at 08:33 AM

Hi Scott,

I have been working with predated turtle nests for about 20 years and there are often clues to how the eggs look once predated. Sometimes a couple species have similar eggs that you can't differentiate. We also rely in part on clutch size and shell texture as tools. In this case, we know the species that occur at this site from work that has been on going since the late 1970's. When you see the female nesting it makes it a whole lot easier, but also to tell difference once eggs are predated. Some are way more notable than others. Snapping Turtles have round eggs and retain the shape after predation. Though similar in shape, Spiny Softshell turtles have a more pink egg, smaller, and different texture. Sometimes we are stumped though and can't tell what species.

Posted by Scott Yonkers on Jun 23, 2017 at 08:00 AM

How do you know some of these nests are wood turtle nests? Did you see the females laying them? I often wonder species at times when I see these nest raids.

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.