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Re: another Question for Teepee


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Posted by nine0proof on January 08, 2003 at 21:47:56:

In Reply to: Re: another Question for Teepee posted by teepee on January 08, 2003 at 17:50:18:

Thank you for responding. I hope you stay active on the forum, I would like to talk to you again. Thanks again. :I live in PA, but since wild collection of eggs is illegal here, I always collect on the reservation(permission granted)in NY. The majority of snappers nest in the middle of the night. A few start as early as 6pm, but most do not start until after 11pm. I rarely go during the laying times as I do not wish to hassle the adult females. I was taught years ago by Seneca Indians how to find turtle nests. I have gotten so good, that I can pick up a handful of dirt that I think is covering a nest and pick up the slight scent of turtle eggs, which in my opinion have a distinct smell. Its one part Indian taught, and one part experience.
:My incubation studies center around global warming and its effects on turtle incubation. I have found that some species are so sensitive to temperature, they will most likely go extinct if global warming continues on its same path. The North American wood turtle is a prime example of a species that is extremely temperature sensitive. They are quite common in my area, but are quickly vanishing from other areas. Most would blame it on human expansion, but I think the truth lies in temperature. The sturdiest turtle is the common snapper. You can have a wide range of temperature, temperature fluctuations, extreme drought, and they still will hatch with less than 0.01% defects. The only thing that I find that destroys their eggs, is drought(or low incubation moisture(not humidity)) in the first month of incubation.
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::I also have a question for you Teepee. What state do you do this study in. I read that you are in the north. I live in PA, I was just woundering how close you are, and what type of incubation studies you are doing. I have been very interested in the nesting behavor of common snappers for the last few years.

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:::I get a few commons that are colored like the ones on page 4 and 5. I wouldn't consider them albino though. I have had three commons that are the exact same color as your alligator snapper.

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::::Sorry Gamera for answering too but have you ever checked out this link?
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::::At the very bottom it shows a good picture of an ally snapper with a pretty white shell and white head. But not pink eyes. It also shows a better pic of what my ally snappers look like. Since the ones Accomplice sent in for me look kinda fussy. They came out better in the gallery though. I guess cause their smaller pics there. Now my Ally Snappers don't have a white shell they have more of a light tan colored shell.

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