Weight (September, 2015): 455 grams
Snickerdoodle was brought to Riverside School in the fall of 2015, when somebody found him wandering in a parking lot. Collection of box turtles from the wild is not allowed in New Jersey, so a small skin sample was taken and he was sent to a wildlife center instead of being returned to where he was found–primarily because he also had an ear infection, besides the fact that parking lots are not good habitats for turtles (many turtle deaths are caused by cars). He is most certainly not the father of any turtles in our courtyard, but his microsatellites give us valuable clues about where our other turtles might have come from. If Snickerdoodle’s microsatellites look like some of the other adult turtles (particularly Cutie and Sir Edward, then they might have originally come from New Jersey, but if they look different, then we might have to compare microsatellites with turtles from other areas. To do this, please select Sir Edward on the first screen, and select Snickerdoodle as the father, then repeat with Cutie as the mom. Remember, though, that finding a microsatellite match doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve found Sir Edward’s parents, but there is a strong possibility that turtles with microsatellite matches might be related… or at least from the same general area. Oh, and if you aren’t sure what microsatellites are, click here.