Monday, June 9, 2008

Musk Turtle

Which native species continue to occur in Newton and other urban environments? How are they distributed and will they persist? Which species are thriving (e.g. American Robin), and which species are barely hanging on (Wood Thrush). I continue to explore Newton in an attempt to begin to answer these questions. For example, last year I documented a Flying Squirrel, and discussed the distribution of Wood Frogs and Red Squirrels. Yesterday, while fishing at Crystal Lake, I observed a Musk Turtle. While I knew that Crystal Lake supports Painted Turtles and Snappers, I was unaware of the presence of these more secretive turtles. Presumably the Musk Turtles of Crystal Lake are completely isolated from other Musk Turtle populations due to surrounding development and the risk of road mortality?