Natural puzzle #22 … Eggs for breakfast?

by Chris Johnston

Discovered these egg shells out in the paddock this week. Small, thin and fragile, apparently dug out of a shallow hole, eaten and the shells left behind. Whose eggs and who is the culprit?

A cluster of eggshells

A cluster of eggshells

Small, thin fragile eggshells (hand as scale)

Small, thin fragile eggshells (hand as scale)

A shallow hole nearby

A shallow hole nearby

A dark scat and a white shell - related?

A dark scat and a white shell – related?

5 responses to “Natural puzzle #22 … Eggs for breakfast?

  1. Annmaree Smerdon. (nee McBain of Newstead)

    I’d say snake & kookaburra.

  2. These could be either Bearded Dragon eggs, or turtle eggs (if close to a wetland. probably dug up & eaten by a fox. Foxes unfortunately frequently dig up & eat turtle eggs, thereby creating another threat to their survival. No doubt they also similarly eat Bearded Draghon eggs.

  3. Turtle (Tortoise) and Fox
    Daryl is spot on ,you will find them around every lake, swamp,waterhole etc
    Have seen them many times digging while spotlighting, must be able to smell them.
    Barney.

  4. Its a very common story, foxes love turtle eggs and seem to be able to find most of them (I think the stats are something like up to 95% in some locations). The TurtleSat people https://www.turtlesat.org.au/turtlesat/map.aspx would love details uploaded to the website (download the app and see if you get coverage there Geoff!). Ricky Spencer Uni of Western Sydney is conducting research into how to prevent or reduce the predation. I can tell you more when we catch up next or via email, etc!

    Lance

  5. Thanks everyone. The site is about 100 meters up hill from the drainage line through the paddock and 200 from the nearest waterbody – one of a series of dams. I haven’t seen turtles in the nearest dam only inone about 400 meters away (but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there). Does distance from dams change anyone’s views?

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