Watch out for egg-laying turtles…even those on King Street West!

For the past two years, shoreline resident Martin Hudon has noticed the arrival of snapping turtles on his property at the end of June.

Last year, the turtles came to lay eggs right here. At least fifteen turtles have come out of the ground herehe says.

Sherbrooke resident Guillaume Cabana witnessed the laying of a turtle on Thursday morning on the edge of King Street West, near Lac des Nations.

Turtles always return to the same nesting place from one generation to the next.

Photo: Courtesy of Guillaume Cabana

For the Nature Conservancy of Canada, it is important to report nests quickly when they are observed. Other measures can be taken to help reptiles.

www.carapace.ca, il y a une foire aux questions qui explique comment on peut protéger les nids des tortues”,”text”:”Une des premières choses est de signaler le nid pour savoir il est où exactement. Si jamais par exemple il y a des travaux de tonte de pelouse, on pourrait le protéger, il y a des protecteurs de nids qui existent. Si vous allez sur le site www.carapace.ca, il y a une foire aux questions qui explique comment on peut protéger les nids des tortues”}}”>One of the first things is to report the nest to know where it is exactly. If ever, for example, there is lawn mowing work, we could protect it: there are nest protectors that exist. If you go to www.carapace.ca (New window)there is a frequently asked question that explains how we can protect turtle nestssays Nature Conservancy of Canada project coordinator Francisco Retamal Diaz.

The watchword: do not move the turtles

According to Guillaume Cabana, the resources available to help the turtles during the laying period seem however limited.

I called two or three places and even the Department of Wildlife in Estrie, who told me that there was not much to do, that they could not move, the patrollers couldn’t either, so the turtle, we had to leave it to its fate a bit, and the babies toohe laments.

Despite the good intentions of the citizens, Francisco Retamal Diaz points out that it is not advisable to move the nests themselves. It’s really not a good idea. The turtle lays its eggs because it chooses the place strategically. [Ces animaux] have evolved to choose their nesting site of excellence, it is anchored in themhe argues.

Turtles are loyal to their nesting site. Every year, they go to the same place. It’s been passed down from generation to generation too. When there are cities being built […], turtles are not aware of this and will not necessarily adapt their natural cycle. That’s why we can see, even if some habitats don’t look optimal for the turtle, that they will continue to use it.he adds.

People moving turtles could also be breaking the law.

There is a law that protects all turtles in Quebec. It is forbidden to move the eggs or to move an individual. »

A quote from Francisco Retamal Diaz, project coordinator for the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Turtles that manage to survive the various hazards of their lives return to their birthplace to lay eggs. Egg hatching can be observed around September.

With information from Thomas Fortier

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