1 tough shell: Michigan turtle still around — at age 83

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

File photo of Blandings Turtle (Courtesy: fws.gov)

PINCKNEY, Mich. (AP) — There were high-fives and a celebratory bottle of wine. Why? Researchers found an 83-year-old turtle.

The University of Michigan says researchers this week recaptured a Blanding’s turtle at the E.S. George Reserve in Livingston County, 25 miles from campus. The female was first captured and marked in 1954 as part of a long-running turtle study.

Justin Congdon, a retired professor from the University of Georgia, has studied turtles for decades. In a statement, he says it’s been a goal to find one of the turtles marked back in the 1950s. There may be less than 15.

The elderly turtle was measured, examined and returned to a swampy area. It still has eggs, and biologists say it could live past 100.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s