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Painted Turtles Laying Eggs

Female painted turtles leave their ponds a month or two after mating, in search of a nesting site. More often than not they do this in the late afternoon, after a good rain. Like the snapping turtle, the painted turtle may dig several holes, depositing up to 20 eggs in one of them. Although the eggs will hatch in August or September, in the northern part of their range, the young turtles may remain in the nest cavity over winter and emerge in the spring.

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