Annie Laurie's patience was rewarded this evening when I let her hold Primo, the turtle who was the first to start hatching a week ago. I think she may be a better turtle mom than I am!! (I'm having the devil of a time finding food for these critters!)
Primo ate an entire earthworm today, and it's past his bedtime, so he's sleepy!
It was 72 hours from the time Primo burst his egg shell to the time he finally left it. Secundo took 48 hours and is the biggest. And the last one, Trice, had the hardest time hatching - I finally "helped" him out of his shell while his yolk sack was still partially inflated. In the last day he has "absorbed" it and now looks like a normal (but extra small) turtle.
All this staring at turtles while they wouldn't come out of their egg shells and then wandering around trying to find tiny size turtle food and then staring at them while they eat has completely discombobulated any plans I had for celebrating Halloween - one new costume about half done. So no Halloween at Joe Pye Towers this year, alas. But we DO have turtles!!!! R.