New Smyrna Beach has 3 species of sea turtles, the most common being the loggerhead that grows up to 3.5 feet in length and up to 375 pounds. Nesting season is May through October, with 115 eggs per nest on average and a 2-month incubation period. Look for mama’s tracks early in the morning leading up to the nest, and with some effort you may observe dozens of babies make their way back to the water under the moonlight. Sea turtles become disoriented from bright lights so a city ordinance is enforced from May 1 through October 31. Homeowners should keep back porch lights off and shades drawn, and beach goers may purchase an inexpensive red filter for flashlights. Did you know the sex of the turtle is determined by the temperature of the nest? Of course, the warmer nests produce females.
Tony DeCamillis, Realtor - New Smyrna Beach, FL -
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