On July 27, 2016 a nest of snapping turtle eggs was brought to Wild At Heart to be incubated. These turtles were found while a sandpit was being dug up by a construction team. The eggs have been incubating since July, and on August 24th, 2016, some of the eggs began to hatch! This is a huge success, as painted turtles are susceptible to population declines from threats like habitat destruction and pollution. They have a long-lived life history, so each new member of the population that can be re-introduced back to the wild is critical. Snapping turtles are a Species of Special Concern.
You can learn more about painted turtles, as well as painted and Blanding’s turtles, in Wild At Heart’s article for National Wildlife Week 2016.