The number of eggs turtles lay varies significantly by species. For instance, different kinds of sea turtles lay between 50 and 200 eggs. These eggs resemble ping pong balls but have soft shells. The female deposits the eggs on shore in a sandy pit she has dug with her flippers.Know More
The common snapping turtle lays 20 to 40 eggs at one time. A female turtle uses her hind legs to dig a hole for the eggs in a dry, sunny area. After laying her eggs, the female covers the eggs and abandons them. Predators such as raccoons and crows destroy about 90 percent of snapping turtle nests.
The eastern box turtle deposits only three to eight eggs. It is not unusual for some to be infertile. The eggs are placed in a nest of leaves. Once the eggs hatch, baby turtles have difficulty fending for themselves. Few hatchlings survive.Learn more about Turtles
According to the Smithsonian Institution, how long a turtle can stay underwater depends on the species, locality and temperature. During hibernation, painted turtles remain underwater through the entire winter. The Fitzroy River turtle can stay underwater almost indefinitely through an adaptation of its cloaca.Full Answer >
The diet of sea turtles varies by species and size. Some are generalists that consume fish, jellyfish and crustaceans, while others feed exclusively on a single prey, such as sponges. While adult sea turtles are only vulnerable to large sharks and similar predators, the eggs and young are eaten by a wide variety of predators. Sea gulls, raccoons, skunks, dogs and crabs consume eggs and newly hatched sea turtles.Full Answer >
Turtle eggs hatch between 8 and 10 weeks after they are laid. While breeding and egg-laying habits vary slightly between different species of turtles, most species have roughly the same incubation period.Full Answer >
The number of eggs that a female owl lays depends on the species of the owl. Barn owls lay five to six eggs, while screech owls lay three to five.Full Answer >