Box Turtles (Nature Watch) by Lynn M. Stone

By Lynn M. Stone

From sea-living creatures to reptiles, to carnivorous crops, the 'Nature Watch' sequence caters for researchers and pleasure-readers alike, with a wealth of knowledge and images of flora and fauna of their common environments internationally.

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Warm weather or a sunny nest site helps turtles to develop faster. Baby box turtles usually hatch in August or September. HATCHING Each baby turtle has a tiny growth called a caruncle, or egg tooth, on its snout. Over a period of several hours or even days, a hatchling turtle in its egg uses the caruncle to break open the eggshell. Meanwhile, the yolk continues to feed the baby. The yolk even nourishes the hatchling for its first few days out of the egg. The turtle’s body normally absorbs the yolk sac within a week.

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A young box turtle’s shell is fairly soft. It hardens with age. The dull, earth colors of the baby turtles’ soft, silver dollarsized shells help conceal them. Otherwise, even more of them would be snacks for raccoons, foxes, badgers, coyotes, ravens, vultures, snakes, and many other predators. By the age of 7 or 8 years, box turtles have reached most of their adult size. Some growth may continue until the animals are about 20. Many box turtles are old enough to seek mates by the age of 5. Others are 7 or 8 before they reproduce.

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