1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Baby turtles!

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by Berkeley, Aug 19, 2016.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. Berkeley

    Berkeley Active Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2014
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Who doesn't like baby turtles? They are one of the cutest things on the earth.

    I remember the very first one I hatched, an eastern mud turtle. Back when I was about 11 years old, the pair that I had at the time surprised me with a few eggs. I was not expecting to get eggs at all; in fact, I had not even been trying to breed them. But there they were- one morning I went downstairs to turn on the room lights before I went to school and found three mini-marshmallow sized eggs drifting along in the bottom of their aquarium. I pulled them out, half buried them in some wet sand and covered them with a towel. I then put one of the snake cage lights right over the container they were in and dutifully turned it on and off every morning and night for weeks. It finally paid off when I removed the towel one day and saw a tiny little head poking out of one of the eggs. The little guy emerged, and a second one several days after that. This was long before I even thought about keeping notes, so, sadly, I have no data on what time of the year this was, what the temps I incubated at were, how long the eggs incubated, and so on. I just have the memories!

    But enough waxing poetic, here are some pictures of a few other species of turtles and tortoises I have hatched out over the years since then. I never get tired of seeing those little faces.

    (forgive the quality of some of the pictures, many were before I really took the time to learn how to take photos, and some I was just plain ol' jittery because I was so excited)

    Gulf Coast Spiny Softshells
    apa spi.JPG

    apa spi1.JPG

    apa spi2.JPG

    apa spi3.JPG

    Redfoot Tortoises. I got my first redfoots in 2004 and built a group of them over the years. The adults started laying for me this last year.
    che car.JPG

    che car1.JPG

    che car2.JPG

    che car3.JPG

    Common Snapping Turtle. I'm particularly proud of this group because I salvaged 49 eggs from a road killed female and 46 of them hatched. All of the babies were released at the site where the mother was from.
    che ser.JPG

    che ser1.JPG

    Southeast Asian Box Turtle
    cuo amb.JPG

    cuo amb1.JPG

    cuo amb2.JPG

    Diamondback Terrapins
    mal ter group.JPG

    malter hatch.JPG

    Asian Brown Tortoise
    man emy.jpg

    man emy1.jpg

    man emy2.JPG

    Beal's Eyed Turtle
    sac bea.JPG

    sac bea1.JPG

    sac bea2.JPG

    Common Musk Turtles
    ste odo.JPG

    Redeared Sliders tra scr ele.JPG

    Yellowbellied Sliders
    tra scr1.JPG

    tra scr2.JPG

    tra scr3.JPG

    tra scr4.JPG

    tra scr5.JPG

    If you are still with me, thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed.
    --Berkeley
    SarahHW, fisers666, buglady and 14 others like this.
  2. MichaelaW

    MichaelaW Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2015
    Messages:
    742
    Likes Received:
    606
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Harlingen, TX
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    Such amazing photos! Thanks for posting!
    Berkeley and Gillian M like this.
  3. Gillian M

    Gillian M Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    14,919
    Likes Received:
    20,782
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Jordan
    Lovely pics! Thanks for sharing!:)
    Berkeley likes this.
  4. Eric Phillips

    Eric Phillips Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,060
    Likes Received:
    1,848
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Ohio
    Killer collection! Thanks for sharing! Not to be biased but love the pic of the Asian box turtle!
    Berkeley, Gillian M and itiswhatitis like this.
  5. itiswhatitis

    itiswhatitis Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2016
    Messages:
    133
    Likes Received:
    148
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Diamondbacks !!! If I kept Aquatic Turtles they would be it for me !!!!
    Berkeley and Eric Phillips like this.
  6. PJay

    PJay Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2016
    Messages:
    993
    Likes Received:
    967
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Greater D.C. metro area
    Love the pics! Thanks for sharing.
    Berkeley likes this.
  7. MichaelaW

    MichaelaW Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2015
    Messages:
    742
    Likes Received:
    606
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Harlingen, TX
    I'm with you! Love the Asian species!
  8. Berkeley

    Berkeley Active Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2014
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Thanks yall, I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.
    --Berkeley
  9. cdmay

    cdmay Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,917
    Likes Received:
    1,501
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Somewhere in Florida
    Awesome Berkeley! Bravo on the salvaged snapper clutch as well.
    Love the face on the Cuora hatchling too--so clean and perfect.
    I had no idea that you were such a turtleman!
    Berkeley likes this.
  10. Berkeley

    Berkeley Active Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2014
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Ha ha! Yes, I have an affinity for the turtles! Many thanks for the kind words, Carl. Those snappers were quite the treat. It was really neat seeing head after head keep popping out. And that little Cuora was fun too, it was quite photogenic.

    --Berkeley
    Moozillion and cmac3 like this.
  11. cmac3

    cmac3 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    Messages:
    3,114
    Likes Received:
    3,766
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    This truly ranks up there with one of my favorite threads. Just freaking awesome!! That's pic of the Asian coming out of the egg, just added another for my future list.
    Berkeley likes this.
  12. Berkeley

    Berkeley Active Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2014
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Ha ha, Craig! I'm glad you liked it. Cuora are a fun group- I think you will like them when you dive into them.... :)

    --Berkeley
  13. MichaelaW

    MichaelaW Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2015
    Messages:
    742
    Likes Received:
    606
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Harlingen, TX
    And by the way, happy birthday! Hope it's full of turtles!
    Berkeley likes this.
  14. tglazie

    tglazie Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Messages:
    608
    Likes Received:
    555
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    San Antonio, TX
    Happy birthday, Berkeley! Hope you get to share it with some hatching turtles.

    T.G.
    Berkeley likes this.
  15. Berkeley

    Berkeley Active Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2014
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Thanks Michaela and TG! I hope to share the day with some hatchlings too- that would be pretty cool. :)

    --Berkeley
  16. Moozillion

    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    10,071
    Likes Received:
    23,625
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Louisiana, USA
    IN.CRED.I.BLE!!!!!!!!! :):):)
    WOW!!!
    Berkeley likes this.
  17. Anthony P

    Anthony P Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    2,164
    Likes Received:
    833
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Swamps, bogs, and vernal pools
    Please sell some Beal's to theTurtleRoom? Do you know if you've produced any males?

    Very impressive thread, my friend!
    Moozillion and Berkeley like this.
  18. Berkeley

    Berkeley Active Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2014
    Messages:
    297
    Likes Received:
    246
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Thanks very much Anthony. I thought you might like it!

    I'm going to send you a message.
    --Berkeley
    Moozillion likes this.
  19. buglady

    buglady New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2019
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location (City and/or State):
    Pemba
    Love the photos, their so cute!
  20. Maro2Bear

    Maro2Bear Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    7,191
    Likes Received:
    23,874
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Glenn Dale, Maryland, USA

    Old posting I know, but great thread with all these hatchlings. Really nice and what a variety.
    Moozillion likes this.
Similar Threads: Baby turtles
Forum Title Date
Water turtles I need help identifying baby turtles! Aug 9, 2016
Water turtles Stamford's (Conneticut )SoundWaters Rescues 22 Baby Turtles Bound For Soup Pots Feb 16, 2015
Water turtles Little Turtles Learn They Have Big Friends (Baby Pig-nosed Turtles) Jan 29, 2015
Water turtles baby painted turtles with soft shells Dec 18, 2013
Water turtles Baby Painted Turtles Sep 21, 2013

Share This Page