Turtle Journal Team Releases Female Terrapins
At noon on Sunday, Sue Wieber Nourse netted two large female diamondback terrapins in Buzzards Bay’s Sippican Habor. Both turtles had previously been captured by the Turtle Journal team and had been under study since 2005. Terrapin #284, measuring nearly 21 centimeters long and weighing 1538 grams, was palpably gravid. Eggs could be detected still fairly high in the duct. Terrapins #79, measuring a little over 20 centimeters and weighing 1492 grams, was not papably gravid. With detection of eggs in the oviduct, we anticpate nesting to commence on the SouthCoast within 15 to 18 days.