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lines on my russian tortoise egg

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by Iris Sophie, May 29, 2016.

  1. Iris Sophie

    Iris Sophie New Member

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    Hello!
    I'm new to this forum. My female russian tortoise laid an egg about 5 and a half weeks ago, and I have it in vermiculite in a hovobator incubator. I have been opening the incubator briefly to add water, as I was told to make sure that the vermiculite stayed moist. A few days ago I checked and took a quick picture (first one), and see some small lines starting to form. When i looked today, the lines were far more pronounced, and I believe had been stained by vermiculite. I am not sure if this is bad news for the egg, and would appreciate any advice!
    Thank you!
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    I haven't hatched any Russian eggs, but from what I've read, it is a mistake to keep Russian eggs too wet. If it were me, I would change out the vermiculite to some that is barely moist, and only keep a little cup of water in the incubator for moisture in the air.

    Seems to me I remember reading that when Russian eggs are kept too moist they absorb too much moisture and it causes the shell to crack.

    Just dry it out like I said above, and keep your fingers crossed.
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    Thank you so much, Yvonne! There is no smell to it, so I am hopeful!
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