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Leopard Eggs

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by Yvonne G, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    I have a female that came to me as a rescue from Cincinatti several years ago. I don't usually keep the rescues, but at that time I had one male and one female and figured a 1.2 ratio would be a better match. She has been a very good breeder for me. This year she laid eggs in January (13), March (7), April (11) and May (11). The thing is, these eggs take a LONG time to hatch. I have my incubator set at 85F degrees. January's batch is just hatching now - almost 6 months later!

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  2. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

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    Does 5/17 indicate May 2017?

    I'm happy to see this no matter.
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    They're so cute at that age!
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  4. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    No, it means May 17th. She just laid that batch a couple weeks ago.
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    Will Well-Known Member

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    Egg labeling nomenclature. So many ways to do it. Fun to see the little ones pop out.
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    Curious why you would put new eggs in with a clutch about to hatch? As they hatch, they get pretty active for me and will always try to dig in under anything, which is often another egg. With their clutchmates, turning another egg is not much of an issue, but with an egg not almost ready to hatch, I would be concerned. I've got to where I move eggs once they pip to another container as I even got concerned about how much they roll the other eggs. Do you feel that is not an issue?
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  7. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    I don't leave the newly hatched babies in with the other eggs. It just saves space in the incubator to use those containers. Two of them fill the incubator. When they hatch, I have another incubator set up for babies only.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Thought I'd show a picture of them so far as of today. There are 9 fully out of the eggs. I left one in the incubator because he has a large yolk sac to absorb.

    leopard eggs 6-18-17 a.jpg leopard eggs 6-18-17 b.jpg leopard eggs 6-18-17 c.jpg

    In the second picture I'm pointing to my favorite.
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    Awe, doesn't being a new mommy feel great?
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    Ooooooooh babies!!! Your favorite is the one that caught my eye also ❤
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    Funny coincidence that I have a female leopard who laid 4 clutches this year also - Jan, Feb, Mar, April and the January ones just started hatching today! I had almost given up on them since a previous female (her mother actually) used to lay eggs that hatched at around 90 days like clockwork. Thanks for letting me know that this prolonged incubation is not abnormal after all. I look forward to the next three clutches hatching in the coming months.
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