Snapping Turtle Egg Laying

Published By on June 17th, 2004 in Edge Insider

The snapping turtles are travelling to gravelly, sandy areas to lay their eggs. Yesterday I spied a half dozen snappers hunched over their nests dropping eggs in and covering the nest over before retreating to their homes in the mud of creeks, streams and lakes. They seem to be seeking out just the right type of digging conditions and unfortunately for some, there seems to be just the right conditions on the gravel shoulders of the paved roadway. I sure hope these hatchlings take off on the creek side of the road when they hatch out in mid to late August.