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Threatened Blanding Turtles hatch in Dakota County

Some baby turtles are helping to carry on their threatened species' existence in Dakota County.
Credit: courtesy: Dakota County Parks
A Blanding Turtle hatched in Dakota County. (Photo courtesy: Dakota County Parks)

Dakota County is welcoming some new baby Blanding Turtles to its population.

Blanding Turtles are a threatened species. Dakota County Parks announced on their Facebook page that the hatchlings were discovered Tuesday morning as part of a turtle nest monitoring program.

Blandings are considered a threatened species in Minnesota primarily due to habitat loss, according to the parks.