Wildlife Encounters - 9th - 12th grade
Lesson 2: Wildlife Populations

Parenting Strategy: Abandon

Parents play no role in raising their offspring. The young are precocial, capable of feeding and caring for themselves. Species that use abandonment often produce large numbers of offspring to better ensure the survival of a few to become breeding adults.


Eastern Box TurtleAbandonment is a parenting strategy seen in many reptile species, like the eastern box turtle. After laying her eggs, the mother turtle will never return to the nest site. The turtle hatchlings are precocial, capable of moving within the habitat and finding their own food immediately after hatching.

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