Snapper Turtle Eggs
Name: Trish F.
Monday, June 17, 2002
I live in new jersey and a large snapper turtle laid eggs
in the remnants of my old pool sand ... how long do these need to
incubate? Should i leave them alone? I have four children Should I
fence the area or does the turtle come back? What an interesting day
here in NJ.
The adult turtle will not come back, once the eggs are laid they are on
their own. If you can leave the area undisturbed that would be great and you
MIGHT get to see young turtles emerge. Time required is quite variable,
maybe a few weeks, maybe more, depending on temperature and other
environmental conditions. If you have other wildlife in the area,
particularly raccoons, there is a very good chance the nest will be
discovered and the eggs eaten before they can mature, but you never know,
obviously they succeed often enough to maintain the species.
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