Wednesday, July 28, 2010

1st Nest to Hatch on Little Tybee

Turtle nest #1 has hatched this week over on Little Tybee.
We got the low down after bumping into Tammy at the BR boat ramp earlier this week.
Incubation is about 60 days and by which time the little reptilians start there long haul for survival. Egg and nestling predators include oligochaete worms, beetles, fly larvae, ants, parasitoid wasp larvae, flesh flies, crabs, snakes, gulls, crows, opposums, bears, rats, armadillos, honey badgers, skunks, raccoons, cats, hogs, and humans.
During their migration from their nest to the sea, hatchlings are predated by dipteran larvae, crabs, toads, lizards, snakes, birds, and mammals. In the ocean, predators of the loggerhead juveniles and adults include sharks, other fish such as parrotfish, moray eels, portunid crabs, gulls, monk seals, and killer whales. Nesting females are attacked by flesh flies, feral dogs, and humans.

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