Thank you for your response. I will check the link you provided. I am not able to fashion a 10x10 foot fence with top since the nest is right at the edge of the woods. how long should I keep them in the small (20x16 inch) topped enclosure that is over the nest currently? And how will I know when it is time to release them?
Anna--further to our previous discussion, I want to ask if you know of any organizations or experts who will raise turtle hatchlings until they are big enough to survive the world. Is so, can you advise how I might search for such? Thank you. Also, I have started to water the ground to soften the soil for when the babies are ready to dig out of the nest. Do you think it would be a good idea to have a wide path of forest ground debris leading from the enclosure to nearby bushes and the woods so that on release day they have safe covering? Other than fallen leaves, would you recommend anything else to be included in the enclosure for their first weeks stay? Like moss....or twigs....?
Since they will be in the enclosure once they hatch, I trust they will remain safe for awhile. I live in northeast Georgia. Thank you for your help.
for Anna, reptile expert: To date, no hatchlings have emerged from the nest. Leaves are falling as the temperature drops. Should I assume that these baby turtles did not survive? Or is there still a chance that they will emerge come spring after hibernating the winter away?
Thank you for that glimmer of hope. Can you tell me when I should start watching for the possibility of them emerging in spring? You might recall that I have a wire cloth cage around them to keep them safe from predators, so I would want to be watching for them to emerge in order that they have food and safe passage into the woods.
Thank you! I will be back in touch come spring....hopefully with some good news.
P.S. Would mulch make a good warm covering for the winter months? Instead of leaves....