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Stitt Park snapping turtle is back!

Thanks to Karla Torres for the heads up about the return of the Stitt Park turtle, spotted by several people yesterday morning. The photo above is from Jean-Michel Bastien, via Facebook.

Could this be the same turtle who buried her eggs in the sand last summer? Torres and her family saw a turtle laying eggs, then helped build an enclosure to protect the nest.  A few weks later the community got involved to protect it after vandals destroyed the structure.  When the turtles hatched in September, neighbours helped move them to safety in nearby Poole Creek.  (Read more, plus cute baby turtle photos here…) Continue reading


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Turtles hatch at Stitt Street Park!

Remember back in June when Karla Torres and her kids helped build an enclosure for a nest of snapping turtles?  Well, she sent us an update (and photos) on Saturday: “The baby turtles from Stitt Street Park hatched today! After 3 months more than 45 little Snapping Turtles hatched safe.”

Torres and her neighbours helped make sure the baby turtles made it to safety in nearby Poole Creek.

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Vandals wreck turtle enclosure at local park

Vandals wrecked the turtle enclosure at Stitt Street Park today, but neighbours believe the eggs were left unharmed.

Earlier this month, Karla Torres and her family saw a snapping turtle laying her eggs in the sand.   They built a protective enclosure around the next and posted a sign in an effort to help the eggs survive until months later when they’ll hatch. Continue reading


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Snapping turtle lays eggs at Stitt Street Park

Karla Torres and her family witnessed nature up close last week when they saw a snapping turtle laying her eggs in the sand at Stitt Street Park.

“Our kids were there and saw everything,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “It was an awesome experience! The mission now is to protect the eggs until they hatch, that will take around 9 to 18 weeks. We made a protection around the nest and a sign. Let’s spread the word and help those baby turtles survive!”

She’s contacted the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to get advice on what can be done to help protect the eggs from predators, like birds, raccoons and skunks.

Another resident reported seeing a snapping turtle laying eggs along Sweetnam Drive the day before.

UPDATE: We’ve received reports today of snapping turtles crossing the road or laying eggs near Overland Drive in Jackson Trails; on Rosehill Drive near Huntmar in Fairwinds; and on Trailway Circle in Amberwood.

Snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtle in Canada, and are common in Eastern Ontario. They’re often seen in areas near Poole Creek in Stittsville.   They usually dig nests in late May or June, and lay anywhere from 40 to 50 eggs.

Snapping turtles bury their eggs, usually in sand, but then leave them unprotected.  Protective netting is often used to help protect the nests, such as the one in Stitt Street Park.

According to OntarioNature.org, the snapping turtle is listed as Special Concern both the Ontario Endangered Species Act and the federal Species at Risk Act.  It’s also a Specially Protected Reptile under the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Snapping turtle lays eggs at Stitt Street Park. Photo by Karla Torres.Snapping turtle lays eggs at Stitt Street Park. Photo by Karla Torres. Snapping turtle lays eggs at Stitt Street Park. Photo by Karla Torres.


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