Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Striped Mud Turtle Laying Eggs



Three Striped Mud Turtle lays two eggs in the Florida Backyard. It grows only to 4 inches and can live 30 years or more. First time seen in the backyard - an attractive and fascinating little turtle that closes up tight when you pick it up. This female was discovered after she had already committed to laying the eggs and the process took two more hours. These turtles only have access to seasonal standing water and temporary standing water nearby, but the woodland environment they live in is at least generally moist soil with extensive wet vegatation litter except during the winter season.

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Three Striped Mud Turtle lays two eggs in Florida
 One of the smallest turtles in the world at 4 inches or less can live more than 30 years. Laying eggs that are 1 3/16" long is a pretty tall order. The process took over two hours from beginning to end.
Video: Striped Mud Turtle Laying Eggs

Three Striped Mud Turtle eggs in Florida
 Video: Striped Mud Turtle Laying Eggs


Three Striped Mud Turtle eggs in Florida

Video: Striped Mud Turtle Laying Eggs