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Old 06-14-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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turtle Pond turtle surprises caretakers at wildlife refuge

Pond turtle surprises caretakers at wildlife refuge
Sensitive species not seen before at creek
By Karen Kucher, Union-Tribune Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.

Pond turtle surprises caretakers at wildlife refuge - SignOnSanDiego.com
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In a tributary of the Sweetwater River near Jamul, Terp spotted an 8-inch-long, 5-inch-wide turtle with a plain-looking, brownish-grayish shell.

“It was a good kerplop,” said Terp, who manages the refuge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “I could tell it wasn’t a red-eared slider, which is a typical non-native that’s been introduced to the area.”

Terp and colleague John Martin, identified last month’s find as a Southwestern pond turtle. It is a species in decline that has been designated...
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