So today my sister called me on the way to work to tell me that a huge snapper had dug a nest and was laying eggs right near the highway in the park where I work. Naturally, I had to go see.
I’m an inquiring naturalist after all.
This large female snapper did indeed lay a ton of eggs (probably about 45. I lost count). I decided to leave her alone. On my way back, directly on the other side of the bridge in the same spot, another snapper had dug her nest and was beginning to lay eggs.
I drove past to fill up the work vans, and saw what I thought was an uncovered nest, since she had been disturbed. Talked to my boss, a wildlife rescuer, about taking/relocating the eggs. Well, the nest ended up being just fine but was still on a main road, less than 3 feet from it.
I dug out the nest and relocated it to a bucket, aptly and recently named “Turtle Haven” (I know, sounds like a bad resort), and have decided to see if I could hatch these little buggers on my own.
The picture is where the bucket will sit for the next 90 days, with heating pads around it, in the window to procure sunlight. There won’t be much at all to report for that time, but I may try to live blog this happening.
No pictures exist of the nest, because, well frankly I didn’t think about it at the time. I may take some soon before it gets filled in. This post mostly exists to mark the time and date they were laid.
Laid: June 15, 8am.
Species: Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Location: Iverson Park/ Hwy 66. Bridge, Stevens Point, WI
This has been Turtlepocalypse 2K11