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Bolivian Nesting / Eggs

Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by Redfoot NERD, Nov 12, 2019.

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  1. Redfoot NERD

    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    This is what it's all about!!!

    Have looked for the Bolivian locale since early 2014 - finally found a trio.. 1.2 ( 1 male / 2 females ) late summer 2016. The larger female was not 11" SCL when she laid her first ( Aug. 2017 ) clutch of 3 infertile eggs - these 3 "adults" are all still young and small.
    This first pic shows a mature male next to the [ size 12 ] foot of the breeder of these! They are true "Giants".

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    Following is her digging..

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    Covering up -

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    And her 3 big eggs!

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    The entire process took a good 2 hours.. and when I took her off the covering of the nest to dig up the eggs.. she continued the motions instinctively .
    Here's hoping these are fertile - the male has been going thru the motions. ( 2 other males were found this summer )

    @domalle - thought you might like
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    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    The 2 males.. 8+" - in quarantine over winter -

    This is "820" [ acquired on Aug. 20 ] -

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    And Beaute - they like black grapes -

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    The 'breeder' claims they could be 'mature' next year (?) - hope so!

    A plastron shot also -

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    Nice work Terry. I bet you're quite pleased. Keep us up-to-date on the babies.
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    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Thank you.. you know I'm pleased - it's been another 2 years since first clutch.. a year since second ( both infertile ) - so she just may have produced
    for us this year!

    The smaller 2008 hatched was found scratching around in the "table" - in the nest-box now.
    Updates as they occur!!!
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    Very cool, lucky you!
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    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Thank you Todd - it has taken several several years to get lucky - now we wait some more!
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    "820" is acting like he's a stud!!! Introduced him to the young 1.2 and he almost immediately fell in lust!!!
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