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In addition to delaying the bridge work, the state DEP is requiring a new study to determine whether the bridge work could adversely impact Pennsylvania's smallest turtle. It will cost the County $21,000, according to Public Works Director Richard Young.
Yesterday's Finance Committee unanimously agreed to foot the bill - they have no choice - but not without a few turtle jokes.
Hayden Phillips drew the biggest laugh.
"They're going to take pictures of individual turtles as they find them. I don't know if they have a yearbook. That's the EPA."
According to Pennsylvania's Fish and Boat Commission, bog turtles live about 20-30 years, but spend half that time in a dormant state, buried in mud.
Kinda' like a blogger.
They only grow four inches long Their shells are too soft to protect themselves from predators, so they dive into the mud.