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December 2, 2008
At the end of September, turtle eggs hatched and I ended up with numerous common snappers and 3 Western Painted turtle hatchlings. I already posted a video of the snapping turtles. Here is a video of the Western Painted turtles.
October 16 2008
At the end of June, I collected turtle eggs from nests that had been dug up by raccoons, marked them to keep the same sides up, transported them to a container of soil and let them incubate in my backyard. From October 4-7, the eggs hatched and I ended up with more than 50 hatchlings. I’m now keeping them in a 75 gallon stock tank in the basement. Next spring, I’ll take them back to the area where the eggs were layed and release the babies. In the meantime, I can enjoy watching them grow. Below is a video of the little guys and, as you can see, they really seem to enjoy eating.
Here are videos of the Western Painted Turtles hatched fall of 2007: