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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!

Terrapin Turtle Cages At The Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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As you walk the trails at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, you will come across many of these little cages.

“Members of the Day Habilitation program make cages to protect the endangered Diamondback Terrapin Turtle population. This spring they made 25 cages.

These protective cages are delivered to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary when finished. The staff there knows just where to put the protective cages, since the turtles nest in the same areas every year.

At the end of the summer, the cages are removed after the turtles have hatched. The terrapins, about the size of a quarter, make their way back to the marshes.”

Very interesting…