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Whose is it.

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by Anyfoot, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. Anyfoot

    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    I have a redfoot egg from a clutch of 9 hatching on day 117.
    We are not 100% sure who's it is.
    Princess lays clutches of 7 to 10 and I only ever get 1 egg hatch from her clutches. Her babies are always very dark and lack the vibrant colors.
    Then we have Beatrice who lays very large eggs but only ever 3 to 5 in a clutch. We've never had any of hers hatch, we also seem to have problems with Beatrice's eggs breaking upon laying.
    Anyway, Dawn is convinced this clutch of 9 belongs to Beatrice, when they were laid she saw Beatrice walking away from the nest and straight for a huge drink of water. She never actually saw these eggs being layed.
    I think they are princesses because of the high count of eggs and they are smaller eggs. In this photo you can see the clutch of 9 at the top, then you can see the 4 larger eggs from another 2 clutches of Beatrice's. These 2 clutches were 4 and 4 but 3 and 1 broke.
    Btw, Beatrice is very very concave on the plastron, could it be she will always have trouble laying?

    Sooo I'm thinking if this baby is dark it's princesses, if it's full of color it's Beatrices. Beatrice has some serious amounts of limb scales in bright yellow.
    I candled these 9 eggs about 3 days ago because I noticed they were getting dark patches, I had convinced myself all 9 were duds.

    Sheesh, hope you all followed that. :p
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    I hate the waiting game. We need hourly updates!
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    N2TORTS Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Swwwwweeet!.....very nice~
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    I'm going to vote for Beatrice. Keep us updated on your best guess once it's hatched.
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    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    I'm hoping it's Beatrice.
    Just had a quick look at this in earthly hour of 5am before I set off to work. The head is just showing, and looks to have color.:)
    We will see tonight after work hopefully. Something to look forward to, today will drag now, that's for sure. :mad:
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    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    Mmmm, I'm still going princess baby. This is what I came home too.
    Think there is another pipping too.

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    Oh, that's so cute!
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    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    She's nearly there, got some shell still on the carapace.
    I'm not sure who is the mother yet, this one seems to have color though.
    Do they lighten up as they grow?

    There's another 3 hatching too. :D
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    I love hatching babies! Hourly updates should be a requirement. :p
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    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    Well, one of the others is out first.
    Should I help the one with the shell stuck to it? I did spray her yesterday but it's still stuck.
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    If it's just stuck on top of her I would help - but I'm no expert.

    Are we still voting they are Princess babies?
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    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    Dawn just sprayed her and pulled the shell off.
    I'm starting to think Dawn is rrrrrr... rrrrrr.....right and they are princesses. There seems to be a lot of color on limbs. Let's see what the others come out like, then I'll get some good photos with the camera and not the phone.
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    LQQKing ...good my friend~:D
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    So precious!
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    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    Latest photo Dawn just sent me. 4 out and another Pipping.
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    Anyfoot Well-Known Member

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    All 5 out now, with no signs of the last 4 eggs Pipping.
    I've tried to take some good photos and failed. My PC has zero space left on it to download from our camera. Last 2 photos are from my phone taking pictures of the PC screen looking at the camera pictures via the SD card:rolleyes:.
    Where there's a will there's a way.

    Do northerns have dark on the plastrons at the neonate stage?

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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    I usually pick off the shell pieces that are stuck (except for if they're on the bottom) because the membrane dries and it's hard to get off after it dries.
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    cdmay Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I gently wash off stuck eggshells for the same reason. Once dry, the membrane becomes like glue.
    Nice batch of younguns' Anyfoot!
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    These guys have just about absorbed all their yolks, so I just gave them a soak and into the vivarium for now. They will be in the new enclosure on Friday when I'm sure it's all set correctly.
    Anyway, here are some photos.
    We think they belong to Beatrice too, they seem to have a lot of scales and head color like her,oh yeah, she's digging a nest as we speak.
    The last photo shows a comparison to one of princesses hatchlings, you can see how dark hers are.
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    Adorable!
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