College student's research helps save turtles

When Davidson College senior Shannon Pittman heads to graduate school in Missouri next year, she'll take with her some of a bog from Gaston County, N.C.

For her honors project, Pittman this year has studied threatened bog turtles in Gaston County, monitoring their habits and survival rates. Adult bog turtles are about 5-6 inches long and weigh about 2.5 ounces.

But not a lot of good habitat remains, she said. As land develops in the Charlotte region, it leaves less undisturbed areas for many wildlife species to thrive.

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