5 Year Member
Platinum Tortoise Club
- Mar 6, 2016
- Location (City and/or State)
- Albany, NY
This is the forth now that has hatched using the same incubation strategy - starting to think its a reasonable method to adopt as standard. That is :
- Burying the egg 1" deep in the actual nesting dirt used by the female (urine soaked), in a small tupperware container with the top on.
- Humidity in the container kept at or near 100% the entire length of incubation.
- Incubating at 85f during the day with a drop to 70f at night. (I do this in my tortoise room rather than an incubator as that is the daily temp swing I use in the room).
- Brush the dirt off the top of the egg at 45 days and candle in place. At this point a fertile egg will show some blood vessels developing. Rebury the egg after candling.
- Excavate the egg and sand the top of the egg thoroughly at 90 days incubation using 200 grit sand paper. From this point on I leave the egg only half way buried in the dirt with the sanded top exposed.
- eggs pip between 125 and 135 days.