Weight by month
|April 2015||May 2015||September 2015||May 2016|
|169 grams||no show||172 grams||192 grams|
Of all the juveniles, Squid Nugget is often the most frequently spotted (along with Golden Sparkles), hanging out near the compost area, where it is probably searching for earthworms. Many people who take a box turtle from the wild (which is something that should NEVER be done) don’t realize that these reptiles need a varied diet that included green leaves like dandelion, fruits, insects, earthworms, and mushrooms (they can even tolerate poisonous kinds). For this reason, very few box turtles ever do well in captivity, and that is one reason why their numbers are declining. If you see a turtle in the wild, please take a picture, make a note, send it to us, and move on. Natural areas are where turtles should be, and it’s only because Riverside School’s courtyard is so extensive that our captive turtles have been able to thrive and reproduce.
Be sure to try several different “moms” and “dads” to search for Squid Nugget’s parents, and if you aren’t sure what those numbers, which represent the lengths of microsatellites, are actually measuring, please click here.
Remember: not getting a match is just as helpful as matching, because we only want to find one mother and one father… otherwise we can’t tell who the parents are! Please pay careful attention to the numbers and letters, try different parents, and when you’re done, please answer the questions below.