A turtle showed up in my yard and started laying eggs
Posted 28 May 2011 - 06:22 AM
I have never had a pet turtle or really done anything remotely turtle related, but now I have a turtle laying eggs in my garden, and I am not sure what to do. I am not 100% sure where it came from, but there is a creek kind of near by, which seems like it would be its home. I am also not sure what type of turtle it is, but the picture is below:
I have a few questions:
1- if it is successful in laying eggs, how can I protect them until next year and ensure that they make it to safety?
2- are there any organizations I can call which would help? (like the ASPCA or something like that? would they help return it to it's proper home?)
3- how long will it take to dig its hole?
4- What dangers might there be to it in a normal suburban environment, and how can I protect my new turtle friend?
Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:19 AM
How long will they take to hatch? How should I protect them from things that want to eat them?
Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:39 AM
Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:34 AM
To protect them you can fashion a wire mesh covering that will cover the entire nest area and a bit beyond and anchor it into the ground. However, that still may not stop a hungry raccoon, skunk, fox or possum who will dig up anything to get a nest...if you have an electric fence that will help deter predators but probably the safest thing you can do to ensure their survival is to have someone experienced carefully dig them up and incubate them.
I have experience with snappers but not with incubation, etc. Those with some experience should chime in and give you some more advice.
By the way that is a great photo!
Posted 29 May 2011 - 09:40 AM
I put wire mesh over it, and secured it into the ground. It is pretty strong wire, but I didn't want to mess with nature too much so I didn't remove them or put an electric fence.
How will the baby turtles be able to get out though? Should I just remove the mesh after like 60 days, once it is close to hatching time?
Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:23 AM
Edited by CLAWS, 30 May 2011 - 04:24 AM.
Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:22 AM
I have used wire mesh/very small hole wire/screen covers as suggested in box turtle pens over nests to prevent other female turtles from attempting to dig a nest over an already laid nest and destroying the eggs in the ground.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:10 PM
Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:04 PM
Wow that is an amazing picture. It's really cool that your getting to experience this.
yes I agree on both counts.. especially NICE photo!
did you have to resize that photo in photobucket? (by pixel or inch?)
Ive been uploading photos here the last few days but I have to make them so small and reduce the quality so much to make the work it really kills the details of the images..
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