State wildlife experts to study snapping turtles - WSMV Channel 4

State wildlife experts to study snapping turtles

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Wildlife experts in Tennessee are embarking on a turtle tagging project.

Currently in Tennessee, the only turtle residents are allowed to capture is the snapping turtle. The shell must be 12 inches long before the turtle can be eaten.

This new project will determine how fast snapping turtles grow, and when and how often they lay eggs.

Studies like these take time, as experts will follow about 240 snapping turtles throughout their lives. It could be years before they learn anything profound.

The turtle eggs, currently in an incubator, are expected to hatch in seven to 14 days. They will then be sent to a hatchery to grow and develop for about a year before they are tagged.

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