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Painted Turtles Hatching

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Painted Turtle eggs hatch in late August or early September. The young turtles remain in their nest for varying amounts of time, often emerging soon after hatching but  frequently not until the following spring in the northern part of their range. Once hatched and out of the nest, they head to ponds and rivers. Because they’re so small (roughly the size of a quarter) they are vulnerable to a wide variety of predators, including frogs, snakes, birds and fish.



8 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    Good luck, little turtles!

    August 30, 2017 at 8:39 am

  2. Cheron barton

    Soo amazing!!

    Sent from my iPhone


    August 30, 2017 at 8:48 am

  3. so cute!

    August 30, 2017 at 10:36 am

  4. Alice Pratt

    So adorable & so determined to get to water. ❤️

    August 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

  5. collette59

    Glad to hear about turtles hatching. I have been seeing frogs smaller than a quarter, so you make sighting of turtles sound easier, but I won’t count on it. Thanks.

    August 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm

  6. Gillian Henry

    Do baby turtles prefer to emerge at any particular time of day? I know a spot where lots of painted turtles laid eggs so it will be interesting to see if I can find some little ones.

    September 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    • I honestly don’t know, Gillian. I would imagine they would wait until the sun warmed up the soil but perhaps they wait until night in order to see the pond reflected in the sky so they know where to head. Great question. Sorry I can’t answer it definitively.

      September 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      • Gillian Henry

        Thanks for taking the time to answer Mary. Those are good thoughts to keep in mind. Perhaps they like to wait until after a rain shower too, so the earth will be soft. I often find them laying eggs in the spring time in spots that seem quite far from water (our lawn, for example) and I wonder what guides the little ones to safety. I’ve never yet found a hatchling, but I shall keep on looking!

        September 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm

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