Update #2 ·

What determines the gender of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings?

  • Chromosome distribution, as in humans (17% people answered this)
  • Richness of the mother's diet (5% people answered this)
  • Temperature inside the nest (50% people answered this)
  • Mineral distribution in sand surrounding the nest (10% people answered this)
  • The level of certain hormones in the mother's system (15% people answered this)

2152 people answered.


Correct answer is: Temperature inside the nest

Higher temperatures will produce females, while lower temperatures produce males. Temperatures around 85 degrees Fahrenheit will yield a mixed batch of male and female hatchlings.


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