Turtle Nests Plundered


Turtle Nests plundered by predators; fairly deep holes dug and egg shells strewn over the area

Turtle Nests plundered by predators; fairly deep holes dug and egg shells strewn over the area

It was wet and what looked like freshly exposed dirt impelled me to leave the path and take a closer look at the turtle nest site. Broken, twisted bits of ivory leather shell fanned out around several depressions. The holes were pretty deeply dug. No turtles hatched…these eggs had been eaten.

Because of the rain, no animal track remained, but the relative depth of the holes suggested a good digger, like a dog, but the extensive mining  of the area suggested a very hungry critter, or a group of them. I’d guess raccoons.

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