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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Giant Turtle is Egg Layer

An hour after we saw the turtle in the garden, she had moved about 5 feet into the yard. She remained there for about two hours while she dug a hole with her back feet to lay some eggs. Not being a turtle expert, we searched for info on the Internet which accurately described what was happening. The turtle was very skilled at digging a hole with the back feet and covering it over without even seeing it. Once she finished and headed for the woods, we covered the area with a makeshift cage to protect the eggs from predators. The web site we found recommended protecting the new eggs and said it would take about three months for them to hatch. The holes in the cage should be large enough for the baby turtles to get through and make a dash for the woods.


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