Turtle Walk Set for June 3

Annual Boscobel event begins at 7:30 a.m.

About 1,200 representatives of New York state’s official reptile, the snapping turtle, live in Constitution Marsh below Boscobel in Garrison. Each June, female turtles climb the steep hill to Boscobel’s lawns to lay their eggs, using the claws on their hind feet to scoop out a nest, where they deposit 20 to 60 eggs the size and color of ping pong balls.

A female snapping turtle lays her eggs at Boscobel. (Photo provided)

On Saturday, June 3, at 7:30 a.m., Boscobel will host its 23rd annual Snapping Turtle Walk. Members of the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center staff will introduce live specimens and discuss the habits and history of these living fossils, which can live to be 100 years old and weigh up to 40 pounds.

Coffee and donuts will be available. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to 12. (Children under age 6 are free.) Purchase tickets for the rain-or-shine event at boscobel.org or at the door.

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