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Digging Nests

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015

Could it be that time already?! The abundant warmth and sunshine has been drawing the spiny softshell turtles out to bask, swim and now excavate! This big girl was digging away in the gravel, pitching big clods of dirt and stones with her powerful back legs working to create a safe nest hole to drop her eggs. Once the eggs are laid, the turtles will develop throughout the summer and hatch in late August and early September. Last summer we didn’t witness any little ones hatching as many of the nests were predated. But we’ve got our fingers crossed that this summer will prove to be fruitful for the turtles and for ourselves in learning more about them!

Excavating Female

Excavating Female (3)

Excavating Female (2)

Elyse Henshaw
Conservation Technician