Don’t disturb turtle hatchlings in spring

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is asking the public to leave turtle hatchlings alone.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife is asking the public to leave turtle hatchlings alone.

Parks and Wildlife officer Matt Swan said it was common to see oblong turtle hatchlings ” which are commonly found in Bibra Lake ” moving from sandy nests to wetlands around spring.

‘We want to let the public know it is perfectly normal for hatchlings to be searching for nearby wetlands at this time of year as they emerge from their nests,’ he said.

‘If the turtles are in a safe area, we are strongly urging people to refrain from handling or disturbing them in the wild.’

Mr Swan said the hatchlings, which have a shell about the size of a 20-cent piece, were not to be kept as pets.

‘These turtles are a lot harder to look after than people think, especially hatchlings,’ he said.

‘Without specialist care, they don’t survive as well in captivity, however they do have a good chance of a long life in their natural habitat in wetlands.’