I can think back to 3 times when I've been out cycling in the morning, and have come across snapping turtles on the side of the road laying eggs.
Yep - they crawl out of their watery homes, struggle up the shore, crawl through fields and cross roadways, all to find a sandy place.
Where is the nearest sandy place - why the side of the road.
Today, I saw 2 female snapping turtles on the side of the road digging holes to lay their eggs. Amazing.
I wonder how they determine if it is a good day to lay eggs? It was hot yesterday (our high was ~ 91 degF). This morning it was around 70 degF. It was very humid. The moon is a waxing gibbous at 60% full.
How do you think they know it is a good day to lay eggs?