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Snapping Turtles Laying Eggs

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It’s that time of year again
– when female snapping turtles leave their ponds and seek sandy soil in which
to dig a hole and bury their eggs.  Usually
20 or 30 ping pong ball–size eggs are laid, but there can be as many as
80.  The sex of the turtles that hatch
from these eggs is determined by the temperature of the eggs during their
two-to three-month incubation.  Because
they are not all at the same level in the ground, the eggs incubate at
different temperatures, assuring that each batch of eggs produces both male and
female turtles.

 

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