Not Your Average Incubation and Hatching Eggs Post!!!!

pete55

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Feb 19, 2011
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Hello

Back in April this year we posted (in the Geese Section) about our Marginated Tortoise (Testudo marginata) which laid a clutch of eggs. During the summer she laid another clutch as did a young female and in total we hatched 15 babies. This is a diary which shows the development and hatching of the eggs. Unlike birds the temperature is 31C, humidity 70% and the eggs are never turned. Hatching usually occurs at about 65 - 70 days.

It's interesting as like birds the aircell expands rapidly just before hatching. For more information relevant to incubating and hatching birds please check out our Website with the link below my Avatar.

Pete
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PICTURES SHOWING EGG-LAYING, THE EGGS (WITH A QUAIL FOR COMPARISON) AND THE REPTILE STILL AIR INCUBATOR.

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AT 12 DAYS AND FIRST SIGNS OF FERTILITY.

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THE EMBRYO AND EARLY CIRCULATORY SYSTEM ARE VISIBLE AT 17 DAYS

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DEVELOPMENT AT 4 WEEKS INCUBATION

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DEVELOPMENT AT 6 WEEKS INCUBATION

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DEVELOPMENT AT 7.5 WEEKS INCUBATION

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DEVELOPMENT AT 9 WEEKS INCUBATION AND AIRCELL INCREASE.

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HATCHING STARTS WITH EXTERNAL PIPPING.

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THE HATCHLING IS FOLDED ACROSS THE ABDOMEN.

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THE HATCHLINGS ESCAPES FROM THE EGG.

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A NEW-BORN MARGINATED TO SHOW THEIR SIZE.

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A GROUP OF HATCHLING MARGINATED TORTOISES.
 

pete55

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As I'm from the UK I've never heard of "Oh my bob" and not a clue what it means!
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For those who like incubation diaries then please go to our website with links in green to other guides and species hatching.

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nurse_turtle

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May 28, 2011
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Being a tortoise lover, I was drooling over those pics. Those hatchlings are even cuter than chicks. I currently have 2 russians and an african spur-thighed. I have often wondered about the russians if they were to breed what kind of environment they would need. I am currently building a chicken coop and run and was thinking about putting the tortoises out with the chickens during warm months. Thank you for sharing your tortoise hatching!
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Chick1043

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Aaaw! They're so cute! I would want to hatch some...But then again I don't think I could wait that long! lol Thanks for posting pics!
 

pete55

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Hi

I take it by Russian you mean Horsefields Tortoise. Yes, put them in a run outdoors in Summer but our Marginated (from Greece) do go freely in and out of the greenhouse and often lay in there. They need the extra warmth as the British summer's often cool. We also have young Sulcatas
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Gypsy07

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Wow! Great pictures and very interesting info. 70 days and no turning? That's an awful looooong wait...

P. S. I think 'Oh my bob' is the same as 'Oh my god'. Some people feel that saying OMG is disrespectful to their G.
 

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