Record of Our Elders
Turtle Guardians will be maintaining a database of Elders (turtles) across Ontario, with a focus on Snapping Turtles (as the largest turtles in the province, and where Elders are easier to identify by size). We hope that these accounts will help communities understand, appreciate, and save these amazing icons, as well as conserve their habitats.
Adult turtles are cornerstones for turtle populations; they have very few natural predators or natural threats comparted to nests, hatchlings and juveniles, and they seem to maintain their ability to reproduce for their entire adult lives. Therefore, because only 0.06% of eggs/juveniles will reach adulthood, adult turtles are essential to keep populations stable.
Do you have an Elder in your community? Please let us know by completing the form below: