Injured turtle did not make it, but her eggs may

These turtle eggs are being incubated until they are ready to hatch. Their mother was hit by a car on Route 63.

These turtle eggs are being incubated until they are ready to hatch. Their mother was hit by a car on Route 63.

Woodbridge Animal Control Officer Karen Lombardi picked up an injured snapping turtle along Amity Road, north of the intersection with Center Road last week.

The turtle presumably was hit by a car and its shell was crushed.

She said she took it to the Ansonia Nature Center, where she was referred to veterinarian Dr. Jim Micinilio at Countryside Veterinary in Shelton.

He had been successful in saving another turtle a year ago, she said.

However the injuries were too extensive and the turtle had to be euthanized.

Dr. Micinilio found that the turtle was carrying eggs and he managed to extract 53 of them. They are now being incubated until they hatch.

They will be released into the same general area their mother lived, Lombardi said.

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  • http://orangectlive.com Terri Miles

    It’s so sad about the mother. Last week on New Haven Ave. in Orange I saw a snapper crossing the road and he was nearly hit by two trucks.
    Luckily my car is a mess and i had a collapsible snow shovel and I was able to push him over to the side of the road before anyone else drove by.
    I think I know that snapper in Woodbridge, it’s the right area. I’m glad they could salvage the eggs.
    Thanks for posting this story, please keep us updated on what happens.

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