First C. angulata Hatching

Tidgy's Dad

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@CarolM unfortunately the hatching perished almost immediately for unknown reasons. Since then, we have not been able to successfully hatch any. The eggs are fertile and incubate for several weeks and then perish inside the egg at between 70 and 95 days. We've tried several different incubation methods, temperatures and humidity levels as well as different incubators but the eggs don't make it full term to hatch. The adult group thrives beautifully, breeds often and egg laying is often as well. Just cannot get one to hatch.
How tragic.
i wonder what the secret is?
Good luck with your future attempts, i'm sure if anyone can find a solution, you can.
 

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@CarolM unfortunately the hatching perished almost immediately for unknown reasons. Since then, we have not been able to successfully hatch any. The eggs are fertile and incubate for several weeks and then perish inside the egg at between 70 and 95 days. We've tried several different incubation methods, temperatures and humidity levels as well as different incubators but the eggs don't make it full term to hatch. The adult group thrives beautifully, breeds often and egg laying is often as well. Just cannot get one to hatch.
Oh I am so sorry to hear that. Thank you for letting me know. Was hoping to learn from you re. Your egg. I currently have an egg which was laid in the ground on the 27 April this year. I took it out around the beginning of June and have it in a plastic tupperware inside my enclosure with an open top. If I remember correctly it was at 212 days around 8 Dec. I will have to check at work, marked my calendar there. But the info on them says that they incubate anywhere between 90 days and 200 days. Mine is already taking longer. Anyway I hope you succeed in the next batches. Maybe there is something in the air which is different on your side compared to over here. I will let you know how it goes. First two pics are of the egg which I took to share on the forum the other day and third pic is of Baby who hatched in my garden to my complete surprise. She is about 7months old and tonight weighed 60g. She seems to be growing very slowly. IMG-20171205-WA0003.jpg IMG-20171205-WA0002.jpg 20171205_171913.jpg
 

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Oh I am so sorry to hear that. Thank you for letting me know. Was hoping to learn from you re. Your egg. I currently have an egg which was laid in the ground on the 27 April this year. I took it out around the beginning of June and have it in a plastic tupperware inside my enclosure with an open top. If I remember correctly it was at 212 days around 8 Dec. I will have to check at work, marked my calendar there. But the info on them says that they incubate anywhere between 90 days and 200 days. Mine is already taking longer. Anyway I hope you succeed in the next batches. Maybe there is something in the air which is different on your side compared to over here. I will let you know how it goes. First two pics are of the egg which I took to share on the forum the other day and third pic is of Baby who hatched in my garden to my complete surprise. She is about 7months old and tonight weighed 60g. She seems to be growing very slowly. View attachment 224919 View attachment 224920 View attachment 224921
Just did a quick recalculation. It is now 229 days.
 

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Good Morning @HermanniChris ,
I have been thinking about your problem with getting the eggs to hatch. I am most definitely not a breeder and only new to the world of Tortoise, however I do know what Cape Town is like. We experience temperatures from one end to the other. If you look at the eggs being laid in the wild, the tortoises bury them under ground and covered with sand. I have also read a post on here about temperature variables. which makes sense. Our temperatures are hot during the day and then they drop at night, granted not as low as some of yours - in fact still quite warm compared to yours - but what I am trying to say is, why don't you try and mimick the conditions that you find here. Instead of leaving the egg open in an incubater, place them in a box or incubator but with the surrounding soil that they were buried in, in otherwords bury them with the soil. and then leave that under the required heat setting during the day and drop the temperatures during the night. That way you would be recreating the conditions that you generally get here. The way I see it, if everything you have tried hasn't worked, then go back to basics and follow natures example. Sorry if I am overstepping the bounds. I hope that you do it get it right soon.
 
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