Individual reproductive females lay 1-8 clutches per season, averaging about 90-140 eggs, at about two-week intervals usually every 2-5 years. Nesting occurs March-October in Caribbean-Gulf of Mexico region, with peak in May-June; nests in Florida May-September (Ehrhart and Witherington 1992). Nesting encompasses April-October, with a peak between mid-June and early August, in Hawaii (Niethammer et al. 1997). Eggs hatch usually in 1.5-3 months. Hatchlings emerged between early July and late December (peak mid-August to early October) in Hawaii (Niethammer et al. 1997). Females mature probably at an average age of 27 years in Florida, but growth rates and hence age of maturity may vary greatly (from perhaps fewer than 20 years to 40+ years) throughout the range (slower growth in Australia, Hawaii, and Galapagos than in Florida and West Indies region).
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