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What is a “false crawl”?

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The distinctive tell-tale markings of a false crawl by a loggerhead turtle.
The distinctive tell-tale markings of a false crawl by a loggerhead turtle.

By Stacey Venzel

Sea turtle nest-laying tracks are easily recognizable on beaches by flipper patterns resembling tire marks that stretch from the ocean to the tide line. Females drag themselves up the sand in search of the perfect nesting location. However, if they are frightened, disoriented, interrupted or find the habitat unsuitable to their nest-building specifications, they will hold any remaining eggs inside, depositing them at a later date.

The size of the clutch the mother will have has many variables, which is explained further.

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