National Geographic : 1999 Mar
Nest of Possibilities Unmoved by traffic, a female snapping turtle chooses a nest site beside a road in Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Before this June day ends, she will have dug a hole with her hind legs and deposited golf-ball-size eggs (above left). The average clutch is 30 to 50 eggs, although a few clutches have topped a hundred. With luck-three out of four nests are destroyed by predators-hatchlings (above right) will emerge 75 to 90 days later. The young promptly melt into the brush to begin the search for water.