Cava Catches a Turtle
Although the common snapping turtle is generally a freshwater species, some coastal populations show
evidence of adaption to elevated salinites (Dunson, 1986). My summer research project involved
catching snapping turtles as well as diamondback terrapins in a local tidal creek (both by hand and
with traps) and recording the salinities in which I find them. In addition, I am comparing the growth
rates for hatchlings of each species when reared in water at different salinities. Research
findings will be presented at the Institute.
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