Turtles flee farm in Chattooga County | timesfreepress.com
- There was about 2,200 over there. We lost 1,600 of them," he said.That's a blow to Driver's business, because he depends on the adults to lay eggs in the dirt around the fenced ponds that his family digs up to be hatched in a climate-controlled shed.Once the baby turtles hatch, Driver sells some to pet-growing operations in Florida; others he air-freights to China, where they're destined for the dinner table."They raise the soft shell and the snappers just like we do chickens here," he said.Each baby snapping turtle sold to China is worth $7 â€” down from $14 a year ago."This has been the worst year. The price has dropped," Driver said.Snappers lay 25 to 70 eggs, but only once a year, he said. Other breeds might lay four times in a mild summer, Driver said.
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