Weight by month
|June 2013||April 2015||May 2015||September 2015||May 2016|
|unknown||64 grams||unknown||unknown||69 grams|
|June 2016||July 2016|
|83 grams||119 grams|
Like Vaughn, Walsh was also found in 2013, and kept awake for the past two winters, to make sure it was strong enough to survive the winter of 2015-2016. Though Eastern box turtles are native to New Jersey, and can live as far north as Maine, the cold weather can be hard on them. As a result, lots of them do not survive. In times when turtles were plentiful, this could serve to limit their numbers, but now that they are scarce, we need to keep alive all the turtles that we can! Since this is Walsh’s first winter out in the open, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will find it alive and healthy in the spring.
***UPDATE*** Walsh was found emerging from hibernation on April 22, 2016, and appears to be doing great!
Walsh is among the smallest (and probably youngest) of the juveniles, so it will provide great information on how our turtles grow and mature. It is also similar in size and appearance to Vaughn, so it would be very helpful to establish if they have the same parents. Please be sure to click on Walsh on the first screen of the game below, choose a couple of different parents, and see which ones have the best microsatellite match. Oh, and if you aren’t sure what microsatellites are, 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’ll never be sure who the parents are! Please pay careful attention to the turtles’ questions about locus number and letter, try several different parents, and when you’re done, please answer the questions below.