Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute

Projects for Jeffie McNeil

Blanding's Turtle

Blanding’s turtles have a high-domed, helmet shaped and sized shell that is dark grey when dry and black with yellowish flecks when wet. They are listed as Endangered in Nova Scotia under both the federal Species at Risk Act and the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act. There are only 4 known populations in the provice, totalling less than 500 known adults. MTRI works closely with the Reptile and Amphibian Recovery Team, partners and volunteers to conduct reseach and undertake recovery actions to help this species at risk. Our ongoing projects employ researchers and volunteers to protect nests from predators, monitor known populations, learn more about newly discovered areas and follow up on public sighting reports to find new locations of Blanding’s turtles. 

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Eastern Ribbonsnake

The Eastern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus) is listed as 'Threatened' under both the federal Species at Risk Act and the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act.  Its range in Nova Scotia appears to be limited to the interior of southwest Nova Scotia, with the majority of sightings occuring in the Mersey and Medway watersheds. Little is known about this small, harmless, cryptic snake.  Researchers are studying the Eastern Ribbonsnake to determine its range in Nova Scotia, its population structure, size and trends, and to better understand threats.

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