Turtles Released

Angela Arenberg asked that the following information be shared with members.


The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority rescued these 36 eggs when we noticed a snapping turtle laying her eggs on our property. They were incubated and hatched last week. We were contacted offering us the chance to release the hatchlings into the Channel. The little white tip on their nose is the egg tooth – used to peck their way out of the shell. On their belly is the remnants of their egg yolk, which nourishes them until they are able to eat on their own. Temperature during incubation determines gender so these are probably all female. It takes 20 years for a snapping turtle mature and begin laying eggs.   


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