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Baby Snapping Turtle September 11, 2014

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This baby snapping turtle was found in the middle of the road by the mail carrier yesterday.  It was still covered in sand as it had just hacthed form its nest in search of water.  If you look closely you can still see the yolk sac on the plastron (bottom side) of the turtle’s shell.

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Yolk sac on plastron (bottom shell)

It takes about 3 months for snapping turtles to hatch from their nest.  The temperature of the egg in nest determines whether it is a male or female. To learn more about Common Snapping Turtles click here.

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