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Baby Painted Turtles Migrating to Ponds

5-20-13 baby painted turtlesIn May, at the very same time that adult painted turtles are laying their eggs, some of last year’s young turtles are migrating from their nest site to ponds or rivers. Painted turtle eggs actually hatch in late summer, with the young turtles remaining inside the nest cavity for varying amounts of time. Here in New England, in the northern part of their range, they often overwinter in their nest and emerge the following spring.

6 responses

  1. What do they eat during that long time away from the pond?

    May 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

    • Kay, Al said it all, at least that’s my understanding, too.

      May 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  2. Al Stoops, Nelson NH

    Kay— I think the answer is ‘nothing’. They stay in their nests, their metabolism is low, temperature is low. Perhaps they still have some yolk to absorb?

    May 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    • Thanks, Al. Those are my exact thoughts, too.

      May 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

  3. Kathryn

    Those little guys are so darn cute!

    May 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

  4. ann

    I hope people are following the progress of the 3 cutest, hungriest peregrine falcon chicks on nh audubon’s falcon webcam.

    May 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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