About Chloe Bennett

Chloe Bennett is a climate change reporter based in Lake Placid, NY. Originally from North Texas, Chloe has always been drawn to the natural world. In 2022, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she focused on environmental reporting and audio production. She grew a deep appreciation for the Adirondack Park while interning for the Explorer in the summer of 2022.

Reader Interactions


  1. Boreas says

    I have already helped two painted turtles across the road at Wickham Marsh. I know snappers love to lay their eggs just across the road in the roadside sand where foxes, raccoons, and virtually any mammal with legs subsequently digs them up and eats them.

    But I was wondering how much road salt contributes to egg viability in species that nest along the roadside. Does high salt content in the sand/soil desiccate eggs?

  2. nathan says

    i rarely see snapping turtles anymore, painted turtles seem to be doing better. regardless i always try to more them across the road.

    Boreas that is a great question about the road salt and turtles. i have seen many turtles over the years dig into sandy roadsides by streams to lay eggs.
    i think the winter salts would probably dilute enough in spring melt/showers to get below nesting level. the salt issue seems to be more of well water level.
    Turtles have just never really recovered after the acid rain of the 1980’s, so few turtles in modern times and i never see 2-3 foot snappers like i did as a kid fishing in spring.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *