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Snapping hatchling help

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Posted by: Pithons at Fri Sep 4 10:47:32 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Pithons ]  
   

Ok, I was at the pond today looking for black racers (oh, and I found a 5footer BTW). And I saw a hole that had a bunch of shell pieces in. So I dug a bit in the hole and found 2 eggs. I thought that whatever inside was dead cause if it was alive it would have left like the others. So I opened the eggs and found they were baby snappers and both are alive. I then found a 3rd egg. I poked a hole in the egg but that turtle is still inside. I bred boas so I know to leave them in the shell as long as possible to absorb as much yoke as possible. Both the hatchlings have a yellow yoke attached to the belly. Both of the shells are extremely soft, I even may have deformed one while holding them. Well I have them in a bucket with some water on one end and they are wrapped in wet/damp papertowels. I can use some advise on keeping these guys alive. I may have opened the egg too earily for them. These 3 were deeper in the ground then the others. Also, I know snappers eat fish and earthworms. But what do the tiny hatchlings eat. Please help with advise. This just happened this morning. Thanks


   

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