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    I have spoken to people who removed eggs because they have seen the high predation (typically by raccoons and foxes) on turtle nests and they justify taking the eggs because egg predation is so high (sometimes 100%). I observed highest predation in the first night after eggs were deposited, with decreased predation if it rained before or during that night, but this recent scientific publication reports that predation can occur throughout development:
    http://canadianfieldnaturalist.ca/in...File/1583/1600

    Rather than take eggs for a sense of amateur scientific curiosity, I think you could leave the nest alone and sprinkle some red pepper or such on the nest surface in an attempt to throw off predators who rely on their sense of smell to find the eggs. Barking dogs discourage egg predators too, but dogs are rarely at nest habitat 24/7.
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    Great photos, thank you for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by worldtalker View Post
    I was not aware of this,back to the river tomorrow.Thanks!
    Good for you!

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    Love the sharpness of your photos worldtalker very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worldtalker View Post
    I have wanted to incubate snapper eggs for decades,I'll release the young after hatching.
    Do you actually know anything about incubating turtle eggs?

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    Turtle eggs are extremely hard to incubate if one doesn't know what they're doing. For instance the eggs must remain in the same position they were laid in. The embryo attaches itself to the top of the egg after laying and rolling it around to a different position will kill it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakemanBill View Post
    Do you actually know anything about incubating turtle eggs?
    I know enough now to leave them be and let nature take it's course.
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