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“Welcome to Islip, the 3rd largest town in New York State, but with an endearing small town feel. We are so proud of our town…our beaches, golf courses, marinas, parks, housing opportunities for all, businesses, industrial parks, healthcare and educational institutions including our own Islip MacArthur Airport that provides many job opportunities. I sincerely hope you find this website helpful.” - Angie

a newly hatched snapping turtle makes its way into the water

September 3rd, 2019– Islip DEC Commissioner Martin Bellew and Animal Shelter Supervisor Teri Giacalone released 26 baby snapping turtles into Knapp Lake at Brookwood Hall in East Islip today.

A total of 46 turtles hatched Tuesday morning, September 3, after incubating in a hole dug by their mother next to the Islip Animal Shelter. The eggs were laid June 8th. The remaining 20 turtles were released at another Town of Islip location.

"Turtles are an essential part of our ecosystem, however, as a precaution we are reminding residents not to touch them. Snapping turtles have earned their name, and they will likely bite if handled incorrectly," said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “We encourage residents to enjoy them from a distance," added the Supervisor.

baby turtles make their way to the water after being released

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