i have noticed turtles in the lower Seine..how healthy is the turtle population in the river?
We have two common species, the small colorful painted turtle and the large, mainly drab colored snapping turtle, named after its tendency to snap with its strong mouth when bothered or picked up. Both species have been seen at various locations along the length of the river.
Unfortunately, like most animals on the greenway, shoreline alterations kill habitat. Inclement weather and bizarre flooding (winter floods which have occurred in the last few years) can also kill turtles in the mud hibernating. This is why it is so important to respect the buffer on the shoreline and not clear vegetation or plant non-native species (such as grass) up to the water’s edge. This wonderful species and many others depend on the habitat!
I have also noticed crayfish in the river..I dropped a hot dog by a rock and he crawled out and ate it
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