Conn. Drafts Regulations to Protect Snapping Turtle

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut environmental officials are proposing regulations to protect the state’s population of snapping turtles.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection wants to limit the trapping of the turtles to a season that would run from July 15 to Sept. 30.

Turtle trappers would be allowed to take 30 snappers per season and five in a single day.

The proposed regulations also would prohibit the taking of snapping turtle eggs and the disturbance of turtle nests.

Jenny Dickson, a senior wildlife biologist with DEEP, tells the Republican-American newspaper (http://bit.ly/18y1kkA ) that a demand for turtle meat and eggs in other parts of the world has led to an increase in trapping, and a need for regulations.

The snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Connecticut.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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