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1 - Laying eggs

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Saturday May 26, 2012

Chelmsford, MA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: My first time to see a wild (painted) turtle laying eggs, and in my yard! My dog, who still lives in her "dogck house" on the dock, was totally uninterested (her leash appears in some shots) and the turtle did not seem to be worried about her either. This was the first of the seven eggs I saw her laying, but I cannot tell if she had laid more eggs before I spotted her, totally by accident. I was in awe the entire time!


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11. belletrouvaille
10:50 AM GMT on June 21, 2012
Marijka, I am so glad for your visit on this series! I am chuckling because I imagine that you must have seen alligator babies hatching. Oh, yes, I already enclosed the area because I don't want to miss the babies at all. But, can you imagine that, by the time they hatch, if it is too cold (New England), they will come out only next spring? I will have an anxiety attack.
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10. gatorgal
10:11 AM GMT on June 21, 2012
Great find and beautiful series.
You are so fortunate to have witnessed this event!
I love your series! Hopefully you will get to see the babies when they hatch.
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9. belletrouvaille
10:05 AM GMT on June 21, 2012
Thank you, Leslie and James, I felt indeed very lucky to have witnessed it. Sorry for the delay of my response. It has been hard for me to come to the site.
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8. gardner48197
2:11 AM GMT on June 03, 2012
How lucky of you to witness this, Belle!! Great Series!!
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7. dixiedaughter
2:25 AM GMT on June 02, 2012
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6. belletrouvaille
4:41 AM GMT on June 01, 2012
Thank you, all, for viewing and commenting, I really appreciate it! I was really lucky and am still in awe at what I saw. Maybe I should keep my dog leashed by the dock more often, because, otherwise, I seldom go to the dock when it is getting dark!

Kathy, you, who have seen everything, from snake eggs to cecropia, haven't seen a turtle laying eggs?!

Magis, thanks for visiting from Australia!

Steve, thanks for coming back to check the rest of the series!

Dorothy, I am so glad that you found this series! Of course, you can add this shot to your blog of turtle photos, I feel very honored! Thank you for the info on the incubation. I really don't want to miss the eggs hatching!
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5. Willow13
1:56 AM GMT on June 01, 2012
Mark on your calendar and keep a lookout for them to hatch. The hatchlings are totally adorable! :)

Incubation lasts 72–80 days in the wild and for a similar period in artificial conditions. In August and September, the young turtle breaks out from its egg, using a special projection of its jaw called the egg tooth. Not all offspring leave the nest immediately, though. Hatchlings north of a line from Nebraska to northern Illinois to New Jersey typically arrange themselves symmetrically in the nest and overwinter to emerge the following spring.

The hatchling's ability to survive winter in the nest has allowed the painted turtle to extend its range further north than any other American turtle. The painted turtle is genetically adapted to survive extended periods of subfreezing temperatures with blood that can remain supercooled and skin that resists penetration from ice crystals in the surrounding ground. The hardest freezes nevertheless kill many hatchlings.

Immediately after hatching, turtles are dependent on egg yolk material for sustenance. About a week to a week and a half after emerging from their eggs (or the following spring if emergence is delayed), hatchlings begin feeding to support growth. The young turtles grow rapidly at first, sometimes doubling their size in the first year. ~ From Wikipedia
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4. Willow13
1:38 AM GMT on June 01, 2012
WOW!! How exciting!! Thanks for sharing this lovely experience!! Very nice series!! I have a WunderBlog of turtle photos and would love to add this one, if you don't mind.
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3. backwardguy
1:32 PM GMT on May 31, 2012
Great experience! Nice photography too!
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2. Magis
7:56 AM GMT on May 31, 2012
Lucky you to experience this event.
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1. ChrisAnthemum
5:15 AM GMT on May 31, 2012
You are so fortunate to witness this! I have seen a snapping turtle excavating for a nest, but she ended up leaving without laying any eggs. Closest I've come to seeing what you saw!
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May 19, 2010: I carry my camera everywhere since I never know what I will encounter on my way. That is why I added "trouvaille" (good find) to my name. Didn't my dog find a good one to cuddle by? It had been a long sleep since I decided to post on WunderPhotos. (it still took me a month after I registered with it) This is more fun than Facebook! (though I have never had a Facebook account) Thank you for all your amazing photos that have inspired me day by day! Notes: 1. I don't edit my photos other than slight cropping, though I am aware of the old ways of changing results in the darkroom and admire what people can do nowadays on the computer. 2. With very few exceptions, I post photos in a series in chronological order from left to right and don't jump dates back and forth.

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