CHICAGO (CBS) — Whitney Young Magnet High School students had their hands full in southern Illinois on Friday, as they helped release endangered turtles students from across the state had adopted and raised for seven months.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports Whitney Young biology teacher Todd Katz said alligator snapper turtles are indeed ugly reptiles, which helped convince students to help boost their numbers.
“They looked at this turtle, and said, ‘This is such an ugly organism, who would possibly love it?’” Katz said.
Alligator snappers were hatched from eggs in Oklahoma and Peoria were raised from hatchlings to palm-sized turtles in classrooms at Whitney young and across the state, as part of an effort to increase their population in Illinois.
“They’re endangered, and so we have to do the best we can to help them,” said 15-year-old sophomore Shania Santana.