Nature Notes

June 22, 2011

Snapping Turtles- Laying Eggs (Video)

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

At this time of year, Snapping Turtles are digging in and laying eggs, and a favorite spot is the edges of gravel roads near their marsh. The first clip is a large female digging in and the second is a small female laying eggs.

It isn’t unusual to come by the next day and see leathery white egg casings,as there are many predators like foxes, raccoons, skunks, and mink who are happy to make a meal of them.

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September 6, 2009

Common Snapping Turtle

Filed under: Animals — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina

Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina

The Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, is a large fresh water species of turtle with an aggressive disposition and the large powerful jaws to back it up. They are long lived creatures which can grow to weigh 16 kg. (35 lbs) in the wild. In late spring the female digs a hole and lays leathery shelled eggs, up to 80 a season.

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