The reproduction maturity of sea turtles varies from each species. Differences in egg-laying periods are due to the life span of each turtle species. The species with a short lifespan, their maturity peak at an early age. Long lifespan turtles, their maturity peak in late ages.
For example, the North American wool type of turtle reaches their fertility age at ten years, while the loggerhead turtles’ fertility ranges from twenty years to thirty years. Mud turtles with a short lifespan have their reproduction peaks at the age of six years.
Egg-laying period of sea turtles
The time of nesting during the year also varies; some turtles may lay eggs every year of their life. It may also take two years of sea turtles to nest again, while others may take years to years to lay eggs.
Sea turtles have a great process of hatching for their younger ones. During the summer season, that is, warm weather, male sea turtles, move near nests areas along the seashores. It is where they wait for the female turtles for mating. Male turtles can live in the mating areas in the sea until mid-season of coupling and then leave to feed in the sea.
After mating, female sea turtles move to the original beaches where they hatched. Through swimming, they crash the long surf where they crawl over the sea beach to locate nesting areas above the high sea watermarks.
How female sea turtles nest
The female sea turtles use their back flippers to dig holes in the sand, which are the nest. The whole process of digging holes or nest in the sand and laying eggs takes the female sea turtle up to three hours. The mother turtle can lay up to more than 100 eggs. After putting the eggs, the mother drags back to the water for feeding.
Incubation of the laid eggs usually takes sixty days in the warm sand before they hatch. The temperature range of the sand determines the gender of the baby turtle hatch. The warm temperatures are responsible for the hatching of baby female sea turtles.
When the eggs are under cold temperature conditions, they hatch male sea turtles. Changes in climates may affect the population level of both male and female sea turtles. After the hatching, the young turtles are in a group. They create a union of the scene and use the sand nest with reminiscent of the turtle boils to move.
The tiny turtles use the downward sloping of the sea beaches to move to the seawater. In most cases, these younger turtles use the reflection from moon rays and stars to seawater at night to move to the sea. The tinny turtles make their movement at night for their safety.
Sea Birds, wild dogs, foxes, and raccoons are predators to the young turtles. Tiny turtles that make it survive to move over the sand beach of the sea swim along offshore. They float in the sargassum waters, find food hide as they continue to grow.
What time of the day do turtles mostly lay eggs?
Female turtles during their reproduction, in most cases, dig a nest and lay their eggs during the night. Many turtle species make the use of the calm darkness to hide from their predators. During the day, rays from the sun may heat the sand where turtle crawl over it. The heat becomes an obstacle for not able to move and lay their eggs.
During day time, most show shores are busy from being visited by people and animals. Therefore, turtles most time of the day they keep hiding in the sea and avoid disturbances from other animals of the land.
The egg-laying periods of sea turtles vary due to their nature of species. In a full circle of reproduction of sea turtles can produce a large population if all fertilities of the turtle considers. Though there are factors that may affect the procreation of sea turtles, their production continues to be high.