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Old 06-16-04, 08:11 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yes and yes.. That is the culprit and they are fertile..
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I just have to mention it. Sand Boas don't lay eggs they are livebearers. Mark
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Um, yes Most sand boas give live birth, except for both Eryx muelleri and Eryx Jayakari which have been recently bred in the US... They lay eggs much to our surprise...

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Just wanted to clarify where these eggs came from before the term 'poacher' got thrown around at me.. LOL.. We have a large pond in the backyard that is home to quite a few turtles.. This is the first year i have ever seen them laying eggs.. Unfortunatly this girl thought it would make sense for her to lay them right beside the pool in a VERY high traffic area.. I figured they would get trampled eventually, so i took em in...
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Matt, nobody would ever accuse you of that.
You have a hovabator. either re-bury them in a safe zone, or hatch them artificially, record it all photographically for all, and then let them go

Is she an eastern or midland? the plastron should tell
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I haven't seen her since yesterday Roy, since she dropped the eggs she's been in hiding.. If i see her around again, i will get some more pics for better identification.. I wasn't really worried about people calling me that, i just wanted to clarify to be on the safe side.. Yes, i do have a hovabator, so im going to go that route.. From what i can tell, the eggs look fine.. I guess time will tell.. I would have just re burried them, but i was heading out last night when i grabbed them, and didnt want to leave them for too long, so i just tossed em in the hovabator.. If i had just put them elsewhere in the yard, im sure the racoons and god knows what else would have gotten to them..
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Good Point Roy, Mark
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You do realize that if the MNR sees this post that you can be faced with fines of up to $25,000 and/or up to 2 years in prison? It's a pretty serious offense, I'd suggest putting them back and maybe construct some sort of caging around them. Also, once the baby turtles hatch they will be exposed to different pathogens and viruses which could be transferred to the natural population.
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Oh, and I do understand that you had good intentions with this act, but the MNR won't care to hear your story if they were to bust you. They would simply see that you have eggs of a protected species here in Ontario period.
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Thanks for the 'warning'.. I actually decided to take Roys advice and bury them in a different location.. Hopefully they'll be alright, had i left them where she laid them, they were gone for sure..
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I didn't know turtles could lay giant white jelly beans
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