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Baby turtles!

Berkeley

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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
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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.
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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.
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Southeast Asian Box Turtle
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Diamondback Terrapins
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Asian Brown Tortoise
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Beal's Eyed Turtle
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Common Musk Turtles
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Yellowbellied Sliders
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If you are still with me, thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed.
--Berkeley
 

Berkeley

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Thanks yall, I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.
--Berkeley
 

cdmay

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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

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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!
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
 

cmac3

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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

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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
 

Berkeley

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Thanks Michaela and TG! I hope to share the day with some hatchlings too- that would be pretty cool. :)

--Berkeley
 

Maro2Bear

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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
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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.
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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.
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Southeast Asian Box Turtle
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Diamondback Terrapins
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Asian Brown Tortoise
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Beal's Eyed Turtle
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Common Musk Turtles
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Yellowbellied Sliders
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If you are still with me, thanks for looking. I hope you enjoyed.
--Berkeley

Old posting I know, but great thread with all these hatchlings. Really nice and what a variety.
 
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