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Ar Rābiyah legal to play poker online for money Preney said he was surprised by news of the turtle being considered of special concern which comes after endangered and threatened on the COSEWIC list. It means all eight native turtles in Ontario are now considered at risk. “All our turtles are in decline.”
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Why would such a common species be at risk? A slow life history, said Tom Herman of Acadia University who is one of the co-chairs of the COSEWIC amphibian and reptiles sub committee that raised the alarm on the turtle.
Turtles are long-lived. The midland painted turtle matures at age 10 but on average isn’t reproducing until it is 30 to 45 years old, Herman said. That and the fact that painted turtles lay small numbers of eggs means even a small increase in the deaths of adult turtles can result in a large population decrease.
Turtle populations lose a lot of eggs and young turtles to predators such as raccoons but as an adult, in an undisturbed population, midland painted turtles have a 98 per cent survival rate annually, Herman said. The problem is that very long reproductive possibility ends when the turtle is run over by a car, the leading cause of death for turtles.
Canada has ten native, fresh-water turtle species and now all of them are considered at risk. Turtles are more at risk worldwide than frogs, Herman said.
“Turtles as a group are one of the most endangered, one of the most threatened groups of biodiversity on the planet,” Herman said. “It’s an untold story.”
Loss of habitat also caused COSEWIC to sound the alarm.
“In southern Ontario we’ve lost more than 70 per cent of the wetlands in the last 200 years and although that seems like a long time that’s only six turtle generations,” Herman said.
Preney said COSEWIC’s decision is a step in the right direction for the conservation of turtles in Canada. Preney hopes it shows the importance of the environment and protecting habitat.
“I hope it brings attention to the status of our once common species we used to have here,” he said citing the monarch butterfly that COSEWIC assessed as endangered in 2016.
The other turtles in Ontario that were already on COSEWIC’s list are three endangered species — Blanding’s turtle, spiny softshell turtle and spotted turtle — and the threatened wood turtle. Three other species were listed as special concern: the snapping turtle, the eastern musk turtle and the northern map turtle.
Members of COSEWIC were in Windsor last week for a meeting to assess 44 wildlife species. The committee also confirmed the gray ratsnake as endangered. That harmless snake is found in parts of southwestern Ontario but is not found in Windsor-Essex.