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Snapping Turtle Eggs Hatching

9-19-14  snapping turtle hatching IMG_8091Every fall, roughly 3 months after they’re laid, snapping turtle eggs hatch. The hatchlings’ gender is determined by the temperature at which they were incubated during the summer. Eggs at the top of the nest are often significantly warmer than those at the bottom, resulting in all females from the top eggs, and all male from the bottom eggs. In some locations, the hatchlings emerge from the nest in hours or days, and in others, primarily in locations warmer than northern New England, they remain in the nest through the winter. When they emerge above ground, the hatchlings, without any adult guidance, make their way to the nearest body of water, which can be up to a quarter of a mile away, and once there, seek shallow water.

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3 responses

  1. peter storrs

    I scooted a couple fifty cent piece sized snapping turtles out of the road last fall and was shown more “attitude” per pound than any other critter I’ve ever run into.

    September 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    • Amazing what’s packed into that little package, isn’t it?

      September 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

  2. Prehistoric creature!

    September 20, 2014 at 1:14 am

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