Category Archives: Cape Cod Wildlife

Baby Terrapin Turtles At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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The baby Terrapin turtles are hatching along the beaches and trails at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. You  can see the nests which have been marked in the photograph below with a cage to keep predators out. The blue tape lets the staff know that the incubation period is right around that time.

Staff at the sanctuary make 2 trips a day out to all of the nests to see if there are any hatchlings. The baby Terrapins cannot survive by themselves in the first hours of their life due to many factors which include  ants, maggots and dehydration from the sun.

After they have absorbed their yolk and regained their energy back at the sanctuary, they are then set free out by their nest. They do not need to eat for quite a while. They never seen their mothers again and will spend most of their life in the water.

The story of the Terrapin turtle is quite fascinating and so interesting to learn about!

Cute Little Baby Bunny On The Trail On Cape Cod

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I have seen so many baby bunnies in the past couple of weeks… on my bike rides and on the trails. It seems like they all have come out of their hutches and are hitting the trails. They are so small and so cute!

I saw this little guy as I was walking from Doane Rock to Coast Guard Beach. He was right on the trail and wasn’t phased by me at all. He just plodded along the path, eating as he went, as I walked by.

Tiny Horseshoe Crab On The Beach On Cape Cod

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This little Horseshoe Crab shell that we saw on Coast Guard Beach the other day was no bigger than a quarter. It was tiny!

“For the horseshoe to grow larger, it must molt and shed its shell. These “molts” can sometimes be found near tidal flats, left by the juvenile crabs who live there for their first year or two.”

Fascinating, don’t you think?

Bullfrog At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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I kept hearing this Bullfrog in the water by Silver Spring Trail, but I couldn’t see where it was until I used my binoculars and saw him amongst the Lily Pads. With his camouflage coloring, he was quite hidden in there.

This Bullfrog is about 4 and 3/4 ” and the female lays up to 20,000 eggs. Yikes! That is a lot of eggs!! It takes 1-3 years for the tadpoles to develop into adults. Interesting…