About 1/2 mile west of K-Mart and the Route #6 Mall, the old D&H Canal retains its original clay liner – trapping enough rain to create pools for frogs and turtles. Trashed with plastic bottles and bedsprings it remains a “refuge,” however abused, for primeval amphibians, with their hopes and rituals. It once enticed a giant Snapping Turtle, who enjoyed a sunny log three years ago but has not come back.
Amber Cozza, a 4th grader at Lakeside Elementary School, used the Snapping Turtle photograph seen above to sketch her own fanciful vision.
For more information on Snapping Turtles, visit these websites:
http:// www.menunkatuck.org/ index.php/biodiversity/ bio_bits/snapping-turtle/
http:// www.audubonmagazine.org/ articles/nature/ staying-power-snapping-turt les