Box Turtles for Classroom
Name: Jane P
When do box turtles mate? How to find the eggs? Can you
collect the eggs and hatch turtles in the classroom?
Eastern box turtles in Illinois (southern half of the state, they are not
native to most of the northern part of Illinois) usually mate in spring and
lay eggs in June or July. They lay eggs in loamy soil and if the nest is not
discovered by predators it is very hard to find. It might be possible to
hatch eggs indoors by keeping them in soil in a terrarium but I am not sure
that would be a good idea. It is probably best to teach the value of leaving
wild things undisturbed in their natural habitats. If for some reason
however you could salvage eggs from an already disturbed nest you might be
able to hatch them.
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Update: June 2012