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Posted by Sonya on May 12, 2003 at 16:06:20:
In Reply to: don't be ridiculous!..... posted by stunt on May 12, 2003 at 15:47:36:
:If everyone kept the turtles they found because of survival odds there would be no more wild offspring due to the fact there are no more wild turtles.
:Most turtles have a super high mortality rate (some as high as 99%) as hatchings, but until humans started to collect them and run them over with cars they never had a problem maintaining wild numbers.
:Point is- that turtle could have been one of the lucky ones that beat the odds and produced more offspring 10 years down the road.
:But will never know.
How do you not know that she will take good care of it this summer, feed it up and release it in better shapem at a later date? Pessimism isn't always necessary. And while it is tiresome to see people taking wild animals out of the wild and killing them with inadequate care (I don't think that will be the case here) I would be more distressed if she were taking gravid females from the wild and killing them....as many of the garden pond owners do here every summer. They then toss the eggs she lays in the bottom of the water (for lack of an adequate site) and you have lost the potential of an entire clutch.