It all depends on the species, and large species tend to lay more than others. For example, a Box Turtle generally lays less than ten eggs a year, hiding them under some soil. When the newborn hatches, it is less than 1.5 inches and it’s difficult to find any young box turtles, let alone learn about their lives up to maturity. On the other hand, large sea turtles can lay between 50 and 200 eggs at one time! The likely reason for this is that their mortality rate at birth is so high: the eggs are buried in the sand, and the young must dig their way out, crawl along the beach past hungry birds, and crustaceans, and swim off into the sea to grow up. Since their chances individually are so small, a lot of eggs are laid at once.
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