|Radiograph showing the 40 eggs the female Snapping Turtle was carrying.|
|A total of 63 Snapping Turtle eggs from one female.|
|Painted Turtle hatching.|
|Snapping Turtle Hatchling saying "Hello" to the world for the first time.|
In the wild, eggs can take anywhere from 9 to 15 weeks to hatch, depending on temperature. Higher temperatures cause faster development and therefore earlier hatching. Since our eggs are incubated at a constant warm temperature, we expect a gestation period of about 8-10 weeks. The hatching process is not quick; it can take 24 to 48 hours! Once the first turtles of a clutch hatch, the rest should be expected within a few days. If incubation goes well, we will have over 100 turtles hatching within the next few weeks—how exciting!