Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A Shell Game
Lars was in the Stow Town Forest between Elizabeth Brook and the Assabet River. I came on an apparently raided clutch of eggs that a carnivore dug out of a sandy embankment of glacial till (SW facing). I counted about thirty eggs dug out of the hole. The hole was 12 x 12 in, and claw marks were visible along the back wall of the hole. Each egg (if whole) would be relatively oval and just less than 1 inch long. They are the consistency of something between a soft ping pong ball and very thin birch bark.
I was in relatively dry surroundings, about 100 yards from the brook. I wonder if it is more likely turtle than snake. Snapper? The site looked more raided than hatched, especially with the manner by which it was dug out.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Lars