Marcel

 

Marcel

Marcel is one of the baby turtles found during the fall of 2014, and it was kept awake for the past winter. We will also make sure that it stays warm and well fed over this winter, just to make sure it is strong enough to survive. In nature, baby box turtles need to endure every winter outdoors, but lots of the babies don’t make it through. Since box turtles are becoming rarer each year, we need to make sure we help all of the babies that we can!

Since Marcel is so young, it will help us determine which of the female turtles are still laying eggs. Play the game to match up Marcel’s microsatellites and see who its parents might be, especially the mother. Oh, and if you aren’t sure what microsatellites are, click here.

Locus 1 Locus 2 Locus 3 Locus 4 Locus 5 Locus 6 Locus 7 Locus 8 Locus 9
A 260 124 164 192 168 206 196 178 214
B 274 130 170 212 208 206 210 180 238

How does this game work? You’ll need to answer the turtle’s questions and see if we get a match. Be careful to read the turtle’s questions before you answer, because you won’t match if you answer incorrectly. Not matching is also okay, as long as you put in the right number, because we can’t have every young turtle matching with every adult. If we did, we’d never figure out who the parents are! The data that you will need to answer the turtle’s questions appears above, and when you are finished, you can enter your results below.

Which turtle might be Marcel's mother?

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Which turtle might be Marcel's father?

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