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Painted Turtle Hatching Time-Lapse Video

Watch how hard a baby painted turtle must work to hatch from its egg in this time-lapse video of 13 hours condensed to just 40 seconds! Tufts Wildlife Clinic incubates well over 100 turtle eggs a year—salvaged from mother turtles that did not survive their injuries after being hit by cars. The clinic most commonly hatches painted turtles and snapping turtles, but also has hatched smaller number of endangered species such as diamondback terrapins, Blanding’s turtles, and Eastern box turtles. Baby turtles can be released to the wild within a few days of hatching.