uReport: What you need to know about snapping turtles in Ontario
It’s mating season for snapping turtles, Canada’s largest Freshwater Turtle who is listed a Species of Special Concern in Ontario.
Although, Snapping Turtles spend most of their time in the water, which starts in May and continues into mid summer, mature females travel over land to lay eggs. During this time out of water, they at risk as they cross busy roads.
Snapping Turtles range which currently extends from Ecuador to Canada. In Canada, they can be found from Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia.
In Ontario, they are primarily limited to the southern part of the province, where dense development and roadways are a risk to it’s habitat.
It takes 15 to 20 years for Snapping Turtles to reach maturity to reproduce and the lost of just one nesting female is devastating to the population.
To report a siting, visit ontarioturtle.ca/get-involved/sightings/.
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