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Got A Few Odd Eggs...

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by Tom, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. Tom

    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    This is Daisy's 10th clutch and she threw some oddballs this time. Prior clutches have all been normal, consistently sized and well calcified. She waited longer than normal to start laying this year (Early March instead of early January.), but her first clutch was all normal and good. Normal interval is about 6 weeks, and we are at about 5 and a half weeks right now, but it rained yesterday.

    Here she is doing the deed earlier today.
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    And here is the finished product after she went to bed and I dug them up tonight:
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    Most of the eggs were 39-40 grams, but this one was 68 grams! It was huge! Twins maybe?
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    As if that wasn't odd enough, I got two of these:
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    Each of these two had these little extra calcium projections. I've never seen this before, and here I've got two. Close up:
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    I put them in the vermiculite, and into the incubator they went. I set these these "special" eggs apart from the others so I can keep an eye on them and see what they do.:
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    All the other eggs in this batch were very well formed, well calcified and consistent. Comments and observations welcome.
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    Will Well-Known Member

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    Unicorn tortoises, Tom you are going to blow the albino collectors away with these.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Wow, will very interested in what comes of the odd balls. That one is huge. The two with horns LOL. Maybe a throw back from prehistoric times. Maybe they had horns back then LOL. Please keep us posted on what comes of them
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    How long do sully eggs take to incubate on average?
    Will you be candling these 3 eggs to see whats going on?
    Can you tell if the 2 horns are hollow or solid?

    Intrigued to see what happens.
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    This is so great. With optimism, can't wait to see what happens.
  6. Tom

    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    I'll sell them to the Japanese and be rich for life!!!
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    They usually hatch in about 90 days at 89-90F.

    Yes, I suppose I will have to candle these ones, even though I usually don't mess with candling anymore…

    I did not open them up, but the protrusions seem like solid egg shell material. I'm guessing the mechanism that deposits the shell, just worked a little over time that day. I looked it up and the process by which an egg makes its shell is fairly complex and amazing. Once they either hatch, or fail to hatch, I will open them up and check it out from the inside.

    I really wanna know whats in the big one. If that baby is born huge, I just might have to keep it.
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    Carol S Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Poor Daisy, it must of hurt to lay the two eggs with the projections. :eek: Boy, that is one big egg; I bet it is twins. :)
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    Wow daisy you worked a double trying to lay that egg
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    My daughter is betting the large egg will be a two headed sulcata. :)

    Maybe hoping is a better word...
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    It awesome to see your work! That big one stood out right away! Wow!!! Can't wait to see what happens!
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    @Tom , update on that 3 eggs. come on.
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    bouaboua Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Unicorn tortoises. I sure hope so....:D:D:D
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Sadly, none of the odd ball eggs hatched. :(

    All the other ones did though. :)
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    What happened with the big one @Tom?
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    :(:(:(
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    Maro2Bear Well-Known Member

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    Yes, inquiring tort keepers need to know about the large egg too?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Nothing. It just sat there and eventually went bad and failed the sniff test.
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