Egg Laying

Box Turtle nesting

Dan Nissen

Dan Nissen found this female box turtle laying her eggs in the Quiet Area a few days ago.  She is excavating a shallow nest with her hind legs and will lay between 3-8 eggs which will hopefully hatch sometime later this summer or early fall.  Sometimes the hatchlings will overwinter still in the nest.  Just another reminder to us all to remember the life that is trying to survive under our feet.  This turtle had a guardian angel in Dan who was able to alert the wonderful CATS volunteers mulching the trees in the area (THANK YOU!!) and not only were the eggs protected from being stepped on but got a little extra layer of mulch protection.  It takes a village!

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