Turtles are on the move; This snapper was off to lay her eggs in Carthage, Mo.

According to the Missouri Dept of Conservation, “Female eastern snapping turtles usually lay eggs in June but can sometimes have two clutches per season.”
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Snapping turtle that crossed the street in front of our KOAM News Now car in Carthage, Mo.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — We came across a brave snapping turtle as it was crossing Sophia Street in Carthage right in front of our KOAM News Now car! Turtle was fine. Made it to the other side. You don’t see these every day.

According to the Missouri Dept of Conservation, “Female eastern snapping turtles usually lay eggs in June but can sometimes have two clutches per season.”

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Video screenshot of female eastern snapping turtle laying eggs on property in Lincoln County. Courtesy Missouri Dept of Conservation.

We suspect this snapper had come from the nearby creek along the railroad tracks and was looking for a place to lay her eggs.

“The female deposits her eggs in a nest she digs out of deep sand or loose soil. The eggs hatch 55–125 days later, depending on conditions.” — MDC

There are many types of turtles in the region.

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Turtles of Missouri. Washington University at St. Louis graphic.

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