New Hampshire Fish and Game To Study Blanding’s Turtles

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New Hampshire Fish and Game To Study Blanding’s Turtles

The Blanding's turtle can grow up to nine inches in length and has a life span of more than 70 years in captivity and in the wild.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game department is going to laugh an extensive study of the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) population in the state, with a focus on the Musquash conservation area in Londonderry. The 1,100 acres is also home to variety of wildlife species.


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The Blanding's turtle can grow up to nine inches in length and has a life span of more than 70 years in captivity and in the wild.
 

Thanks to a state wildlife grant, the department will track where Blanding's turtle nests are created, how the turtles move from place to place in their environment, and what type of dangers that they face in the environment in which they live in. 


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“The Musquash area was identified as one of the highest priorities in the state,” Joshua Megyesy of the New Hampshire Fish and Game told The Eagle Tribune. “This will help us figure out what they are doing and how we can protect them,” Megyesy said.

The department will track the movement of the females and find out where they nest, as well as conduct population counts. 

The Blanding's turtle is on the CITES list of protected species. It can grow up to nine inches in length and has a life span of more than 70 years in captivity and in the wild. It has a long neck and a yellow chin, traits of which they are known for.