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It's Turtle Nesting Season!

Have you been seeing turtles crossing the road lately?

  •        This time of year, female aquatic turtles leave the water to find a suitable spot to lay their eggs.
  •        Turtle eggs are round or oval and leathery.
  •        Most eggs take about 2 months to hatch but Painted turtle eggs, and even hatchlings, can survive overwinter in the nest and will emerge the next summer.
  •        We've had baby Snapping Turtles emerge from their nest as late as December 1st here at Knoch Knolls Park!
  •       The sex of baby turtles is determined by the ground temperature - warmer temperatures produce females, cooler temperatures produce males.
  •       After laying their eggs the females head back to the water; they do not care for their young.

Above: Painted turle; At the top: Snapping Turtle