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Last night a friend, my girlfriend, and I found a half dead mother snapping turtle on the side of the road near a marsh where we go to hunt for turles. The two foot snapper had been hit by a car and her eggs were falling out of her side. I was able to find all of the eggs except for one that was hit by a car. So now I have 12 snapper eggs. My question is during the incubation period I have read that you are not supposed to roll the egg cuz you can break the embryo. Well the eggs were coming out of her so ofcourse the were rolled. Does anyone think that these eggs have a chance? I know that when they are laid that the fall from the mother into the nest that the have to roll a little. Any advice is welcome. Feel free to coment, I feel like it was my dutie to save her babies since she had died, I couldn\'t let them get eaten by a ratcoon. Anyways I\'m incuating them now and I\'m hoping for the best.
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let them go, let nature take its course, raccoons gotta eat too ya\'know!
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I think I have to agree on this one. What would you do with 12 snapper hatchlings if they did happen to survive?
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I will release them once they hatch.
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I will release them once they hatch.
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As long as they were in her stomach and not in the nest and already laid they should be fine!
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Hi Lynne,
Snappers are considered HIGHLY DANGEROUS. When on land and there is no water near by a snapper will fully extend his neck, and snap and a person who approaches it. But if the turtle is near water, it will simply go into the water. But don\'t trust that they will, because it\'s a great possability that they won\'t. When the turtle attacks it only happens if the children harrass the turtle or the turtle feels threatened in any way. The neck can extend all the way backwards so it can almost reach it\'s tail. The snappers jaws aren\'t made to crush, but to cut and can take of a few fingers if given the chance. But remember, this isn\'t an act of offence, or to \'eat\' or purposly hurt you, it\'s an act of defense.
As for the growth, a snapper can reach a 20 inch carpace (upper shell), and can wiegh up to 90 pounds. I would advise you to keep your children far from the snappers, and just leave them be and wait for them, to go back to the water.
Willie
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