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Saving Baby Turtles with Towson University

Photo via Towson University.


The Northern Map Turtle’s shell is criss-crossed with fine yellow patterns that resemble contour lines (hence the name). They are “avid baskers.” The female map turtle is five times larger than the male, and while she uses her powerful jaws to crush and eat mollusks, he mostly nibbles on aquatic insect larvae. And in Maryland, these sun-loving, human-shy turtles are endangered due to hunting, pollution, and development¬† — but not if students at Towson University and the Eastern Shore town of Port Deposit (pop. 653) have anything to do with it.