During the summer of 1921 some forty or fifty Bell's turtles dug their nests on the side of a small hill just north of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. This afforded an excellent opportunity for the study of the nest-digging and egg-laying habits of this species of turtle. When the turtle is digging her nest or depositing her eggs she is not easily frightened so that it is possible to get very close to the animal and to use a flash light within an inch or two of the body. On several occasions a number of students at the Laboratory were able to watch the entire process from the time the turtle landed on the shore until it returned to the water again. This paper presents more or less in detail the events that took place in the little more than two hours occupied by the turtle in digging the nest, laying the eggs, and concealing the nest.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1922 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Stromsten, Frank A.
"Nest-Digging and Egg-Laying Habits of Bell's turtle,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 29(1), 229-230.
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