Biologists say an alarming number of turtles rescued from the path of the Intercounty Connector’s construction have died of a virus they fear could devastate Maryland’s ecosystem.
Scott Farnsworth, a Towson University researcher, took this photo while examining the mouth of a sick turtle. A healthy turtle mouth is bright pink. The yellowish plaque in the mouth of this turtle is one sign of a potential ranavirus infection. This turtle later died and tested positive for the virus.Scott Farnsworth/Towson University