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Alligator Snapping Turtles from Tishomingo NFH Head South for the Winter
Southwest Region, December 31, 2010
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Alligator snapping turtle hatchlings (Macrochelys temminckii) are weighed and measured prior to being transferred to the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery.
Alligator snapping turtle hatchlings (Macrochelys temminckii) are weighed and measured prior to being transferred to the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery. - Photo Credit: USFWS - Brian Fillmore

Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery (NFH) transferred 112 alligator snapping turtle hatchlings to Natchitoches NFH for overwintering in November. Last year’s hatchlings benefited from the heated water and building provided by Natchitoches NFH by growing nearly twice the size as turtles that would have overwintered at Tishomingo. The turtles left Tishomingo weighing an average of 18.3 grams each and should return in the spring with growth results similar to the previous year, nearly tripling in weight. The Tishomingo NFH values Natchitoches NFH’s contribution to the turtle program allowing release of larger turtles into the wild to maximize survival.

 

 


Contact Info: Ralph Simmons, 580-384-5463, ralph_simmons@fws.gov



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