Wait will I thought the same thing 8 months with this eggs. But finally all three hatched.The sequence of images sorta looks like eggs laid in April hatch to semi grown neonates by May. Extra good husbandry!!!! Ha Ha
Great looking tortoises. All my eggs are round not oblong. Maybe mine are no good.
Not quite true. Believe is more a condition that comes with age as I have seen a pic of an old(male?) smooth shell Spekes with very developed hinge at this link: http://market.kingsnake.com/detail.php?cat=50&de=1172527. Also Isn't it generally true that the tortoises that stay fairly small for their species do not develop much of a hinge or not until later on? Incidentally the 3 girls from this ad are with me now eating like pigs and thriving.!Haha I mean that not all hinge back species have the same hinge. Some have a "better" hinge. This thread is about the Spekes hinge back tortoise and this species haven't got such a good hinge like the homes hinge back tortoise for example.