Mating doesn’t occur for sea turtles until they are at least 12 years of age, except the Hawksbill turtle. When you consider the fact though that they can live to be 80 years of age, it is a short time period. While the males are the ones on the move courting the females, she has the final say about who she will mate with. She also has to cover them so that the porous shells can be moist because if they dry out then the young can’t survive. The young will have to find their way to the water upon emerging from the eggs all on their own. Students and teachers are allowed to use this information for school projects and homework.


Females are out of the water more than males though as they go to land in order to deposit their eggs.
Covering the eggs also helps them to keep the temperature they need with the changes from day and night in the environment.
When the temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit the offspring will be mostly female and when it is below that threshold they will be mainly male. They can both pursue her until one of them gives up from exhaustion. Mating can occur any time from March through October. Only a small percentage of them end up being able to do so though and the rest become a food source for a variety of predators.
The exception is when they are looking for a mate or when they are going to a nesting area to place their eggs.


What is very interesting is that the females often return to the same nesting location where they were born to do this. They believe that as a sea turtle gets larger it is more likely to be able to take part in mating.
She has to cover up the eggs with sand so that they will be protected from predators that may come along.



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