Snapping turtle research team
Behavior, Ecology and Physiology of Connecticut Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina)
Science on the River
In conjunction with many generous private volunteers, several local Connecticut organizations including Our Piece of the Pie and Riverfront Recapture as well as the National Geographic Society, I worked this summer with ten high school students on a snapping turtle ecology project. The primary goal was to allow these young teenagers growing up in urban Hartford, CT access to nature, science and career options they might not otherwise be exposed to.
The first phase of the project included a study of nest protector devices that was designed to keep out large mammalian predators.
The second phase involved trapping snappers and outfitting them with National Geographic's CritterCam. We successfully deployed (and retrieved!) the CritterCam four times.
July 15th 2008: We deployed the CritterCam on a monster snapper weighing 39 pounds in Wethersfield Cove off the Connecticut River. The local media covered the event: The Hartford Courant ran a front-page feature article and produced this video. Channel 3 news also ran a story.
July 16th 2008: Jawless went out for his second trip which only lasted 20 minutes
July 17th 2008: Lafayette the 16 pound snapper took the CritterCam into the channel that connects Wethersfield cove to the CT river
July 21st editorial: Hartford Courant editorial
July 25th: Turtle's eye view: news report on footage from the maiden voyage of the CritterCam on a snapping turtle: Channel 3 news video clip andRaw footage from "Jawless", the monster snapper from Wethersfield Cove, CT
August 7th: The 2008 snapping turtle research team graduates! Channel 61 news video clip
August 12th: Reminder News story with pictures.
September 3rd WTNH Channel 8 news link to Snippy footage.
September 8th The nest we protected hatched babies!
October 17th UConn Advance article on Tobias and the snapping turtle project.
October 21st UConn's President Hogan blogs about the project
October 25th I spoke at the DVM meeting at UConn about the project!
November 11th Honors students in the research seminar learned about the project
February 19thThe UConn Biology Club hears about the project and gets a visit from a baby snapper
June 12th & 13th We are going to try a deployment at Connecticut BioBlitz in Keney Park in Hartford
Landberg, T., Carlson, C. J., Abernathy, K., Luginbuhl, C. Gemme, P. and Mergins, C. (2010) Natural History Notes: CHELYDRA SERPENTINA SERPENTINA L. (Eastern Snapping Turtle). SURVIVAL AFTER INJURY. Herpetological Review 41(1):70-71
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