The number of eggs turtles lay varies significantly by species. For instance, different kinds of sea turtles lay between 50 and 200 eggs. These eggs resemble ping pong balls but have soft shells. The female deposits the eggs on shore in a sandy pit she has dug with her flippers.Continue Reading
The common snapping turtle lays 20 to 40 eggs at one time. A female turtle uses her hind legs to dig a hole for the eggs in a dry, sunny area. After laying her eggs, the female covers the eggs and abandons them. Predators such as raccoons and crows destroy about 90 percent of snapping turtle nests.
The eastern box turtle deposits only three to eight eggs. It is not unusual for some to be infertile. The eggs are placed in a nest of leaves. Once the eggs hatch, baby turtles have difficulty fending for themselves. Few hatchlings survive.Learn more about Turtles
Different species of turtles have different weights. While a green sea turtle weighs up to 700 pounds, a speckled tortoise weighs less than 1 pound. Weight also depends on the turtle's age and sex.Full Answer >
To identify the species of a turtle, examine the shell, head, color, location and size. Leg and toe shape are also key factors in determining a turtle's type.Full Answer >
Most turtle species are omnivores, and many species have diets that consists of both meat and vegetables. Aquatic turtles typically have a higher percentage of meat in their diet, consisting of between 65 percent to 90 percent. Semi-aquatic turtles, on the other hand, tend to have a more balanced diet.Full Answer >
The speckled padloper tortoise, scientific name Homopus signatus, is the smallest turtle species in the world. Adults of the species reach a maximum length of 3 inches and weigh just 3 ounces.Full Answer >