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Momma Turtle
« on: June 19, 2021, 07:19:01 PM »
Yellow-Bellied Slider laying her eggs.  I happened to notice this which was a first for me.  

Notice the mud behind her hind legs when she was laying.  She had to have brought the moisture with her because the ground was dry and hard.



 
And then the covered and level nest after she finished her job.

 Several weeks after mating, a female digs a hole with her hind feet and deposits 6 to 10 eggs in it. The eggs incubate for 2 - 3 months and the young often stay in the nest over the winter, emerging the next spring.
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Re: Momma Turtle
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2021, 09:34:55 PM »
Around here they will suggest you surround the nest site with construction wire as the racoons, possums, etc will dig up and eat the eggs. Take it down later and give the little ones a fighting chance. 
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Re: Momma Turtle
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2021, 11:06:40 PM »
Great Video!
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Re: Momma Turtle
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2021, 03:12:58 AM »
Never come across a turtle very often. But it's like spotting a lynx, you might see one in 10 years and a little exciting. Watching a turtle lay eggs would be extra special.

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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2021, 04:59:51 AM »
Amazing. I witnessed this as a child at a campground. Havent seen a turtle  nest since. Turtles are cool.
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2021, 05:19:06 AM »
I see snappers lay eggs. Mamma snapper is not happy with me around either. They lay eggs down by the culvert at the end of the road. Very common to see 3-4 laying eggs.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2021, 11:26:10 PM »
I had a 10 inch snapper stuck in the fence wire recently and boy was it pithed at that shovel.  Like a cobra.   

Bout a week before helped a baby snapper out of the driveway.   Have had a few of them over the years. 
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Re: Momma Turtle
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2021, 08:46:32 AM »
I had gone all of my life without seeing a turtle digging an nest and laying eggs, and saw another yesterday:


 
Her hind legs were steadily digging.
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