A new technique for artificially incubating loggerhead sea turtle eggs

  • Published source details Cross C.L., Gallegos J.B., James F.G. & Williams S. (1998) A new technique for artificially incubating loggerhead sea turtle eggs. Herpetological Review, 29, 228-229.


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Relocate nests/eggs for artificial incubation: Sea turtles

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Relocate nests/eggs for artificial incubation: Sea turtles

    A study in 1995–1996 on a sandy beach on the southeastern coastline in Virginia, USA (Cross et al. 1998) found that most loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta eggs artificially incubated in plastic planter pots with predator proof cages hatched. Hatchling success of three loggerhead turtle nests artificially incubated in plastic planter plots was 94%, 88% and 42% (numbers of eggs not provided). In 1995–1996, three late loggerhead turtle nests were relocated with their nesting chamber sand to large plastic tree planter pots (depth: 67 cm, top diameter: 76 cm) lined with burlap and damp sand (see original paper for details). Nests were covered with predator-proof nest cages and placed in enclosed heated building. Hatchlings were released on the natal nesting site for imprinting and released in the ocean.

    (Summarised by: Katie Sainsbury)

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