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What Is The Gestation Period For Turtles?

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The gestation period varies for different breeds of turtle.

The Green Sea Turtle has a gestation period of between seven and 10 weeks. They lay several batches of approximately 100 eggs over several weeks. The adult turtle reaches its sexual maturity in-between 10 and 15 years, and they normally breed between October and February. The survival rate for hatched eggs is very low in the first year. Only one or two out of 100 hatchlings will survive. They eat sea grass; mangrove leaves and some younger turtles will also eat fish and algae. These turtles can grow to 5 feet long and can weigh up to 500 pounds. Their average life lasts between 40 and 50 years.

American Box turtles have a gestation period of between nine and 10 weeks. Their eggs are flexible and oblong in shape. They normally lay up to seven eggs at a time. These turtles can live to over 100 years, but the average lifespan is 50 years. The shell of an adult box turtle is impenetrable to any potential predator but the animal does not automatically close the shell to prevent threat.

Chicken turtles have a lower life span than any other turtle. Their average life expectancy is between 20 and 24 years. The male chicken turtle reproduces with the female by vibrating the fore-claws against the females face. The major difference in these turtles is that they have two egg-laying seasons, between February and May; and between August and November. The female can lay up to 19 clutches of eggs and the embryos can postpone development if the temperatures are too high. Chicken turtles will eat crayfish, fish, fruits, insects, plants and frogs. They have a unique suction system that pulls the food into their throat.
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I just saw a large snapping turtle lay eggs in our lawn. I am wonder how long it will take before they hatch? Plymouth, Wisconsin
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mishalee leslie answered
Turtles don't have periods dude
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I have watched a logger head turtle lay & bury her eggs in my flower bed & placed a protective cover over them for protection from coons etc.
Approximately will it take them to hatch here on the shore of Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas ?
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10 months
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Believe it or not, but when we are dealing with eggs, its incubation, not gestation. The incubation period for turtles is approx 63 to70 days.
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Gestation or Incubation?  In either case it depends on the breed, temperature and humidity.

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We found painted turtle eggs. Most were broken open and empty, but there were five eggs in the bottom of the hole, so we moved them. Will they hatch? What should we do?
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A turtle laid eggs and buried them in a gravel driveway within the past week. How long before they hatch.

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