What is a Turtle nest protector

A nest protector is a square or octagon wood frame with a wire mesh on top and small notches on each side. Their purpose is to protect turtle nests. Before you decide to use a nest protector, read completely this post.

It is very important to use an adequate nest protector so that no harm comes to the eggs and hatchlings. Improper devices can put them under even more risk.

Most of Ontario species of Turtles are temperature dependent for sex determination. Because altering the temperature of incubation affects the sex of the turtles, it is very important not to interfere with the temperature of the nest.

If you are wondering why do we place nest protector, keep reading… In the wild, about 90% of the eggs are eaten! They are a food source. However, here in the city because overabundance of predators and trampling over the nest by dogs off-leash or other creatures, 100% of the eggs are destroyed! 

From 1600 eggs only one becomes a mature breeder… In the life of a snapping turtle breeder, she can lay from 40 to 50 eggs each year. Only 2 or 3 will become mature breeders as well. 

If you have seen turtles nesting in your property, know that she will come back every year within a foot of the same spot to lay her eggs. It is called site fidelity. Private property owners can help by placing proper nest protectors. We have information on our website on instructions for building your own nest protectors or where to buy them.

We started with nest protectors that were gifted to us. We built our own with huge help from Omri and Patagonia Toronto. See our previous post on building day. We had a lot of fun with our founders and hardworking volunteers.


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  • What is a Turtle nest protector

    A nest protector is a square or octagon wood frame with a wire mesh on top and small notches on each side. Their purpose is to protect turtle nests. Before you decide to use a nest protector, read completely this post. It is very important to use an adequate nest protector so that no harm…