Turtle Eggs! — Turtles Kingston

Turtle Eggs! — Turtles Kingston

With many turtles, the incubation temperature will determine the sex of the hatchlings. This determination happens very soon after the eggs are laid. Generally, male hatchlings are a result of cooler temperatures and female hatchlings are a result of warmer temperatures. It’s possible for the eggs at the top of the nest to be female and the eggs at the bottom of the nest to be male! The incubation period can range from 60 to 90 days with warmer temperatures in the nest leading to a shorter incubation period.

Many turtles will make their nests close to the water bodies that they live in but some species, like the Blanding’s Turtle and the Snapping Turtle, may travel up to 2.5 kilometers away from water in search of the perfect nesting site! It can take several hours for a turtle to find an ideal nest site, and around an hour for them to dig a hole and lay their eggs. So don’t be surprised if you see a turtle seemingly far from home, they are likely looking for a nest site and should not be disturbed!

Turtles are easily startled and may abandon their nest without laying their eggs if they feel threatened. This can lead to the eggs being expelled in water or the mother being unable to expel her eggs at all, which is often fatal.

If you are ever unsure whether a turtle or their nest is in danger, reach out to us at Turtles Kingston! Email questions to [email protected]


If you have an urgent situation please call: Sandy Pines at 613-354-0264 or the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre at 705-741-5000.

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