Turtles in Class

This is the fourth year that Mr. Vust's science classes have seen snapping turtles hatch and grow at school.  So far this season, 26 eggs have hatched.  It is an interesting project which the students enjoy watching.  We let them go in the Spring so that they don't have to fight their first winter outdoors, says Mr. Vust. Each year we keep one sample so that we can compare with next year's batch.

Here two have already hatched and one is emerging.

This is a temporary home for our snappers.
Mrs. Vust's classroom also has hatched turtles.

This photo shows samples from all four years of South Hamilton turtles.

This largest snapper is Spike.