Several days ago my friend Bill called to tell me there was a turtle laying eggs in his yard. Sure enough, this common snapping turtle (Chelydra Serpentina) was busily depositing her eggs beside a barrier along a narrow ditch.
I didn't approach any closer for fear of disturbing her. (Also, it's not a good idea to get too close to snapping turtles any time.)
Typically, snappers lay 25 - 75 eggs, then cover them with sand. The youngsters should hatch in about three months.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to a wonderful man who did
much for Ocracoke Island, Marvin Wyche Howard (1897-1969). You can read
it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052113.htm.