Tortoises from the Seychelles

Sesel

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2nd female choosing area to dig:



I either miscalculated the time it would take her to dig the hole or she was fast in doing so. By the time I checked again she had already laid and was covering back up:


Had to wait and dig up the eggs. Everything ended after midnight. :D

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Our first time using an incubator. Any suggestions are welcomed.
 

dondiliza

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2nd female choosing area to dig:



I either miscalculated the time it would take her to dig the hole or she was fast in doing so. By the time I checked again she had already laid and was covering back up:


Had to wait and dig up the eggs. Everything ended after midnight. :D

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Our first time using an incubator. Any suggestions are welcomed.

Ive never bred aldabras, But with my sulcatas I would wipe the eggs clean of all the fluid & dirt then place them in the incubator with vermiculite as a medium. We also catch the eggs as the mom lays it to prevent any cracks.
 

Sesel

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Ive never bred aldabras, But with my sulcatas I would wipe the eggs clean of all the fluid & dirt then place them in the incubator with vermiculite as a medium.
How do you guys wipe the eggs clean?
Do you use tissue paper or a cloth?
Wet or dry?

We also catch the eggs as the mom lays it to prevent any cracks.
We have tried this as well. Not always possible. For the first clutch this year, I tried putting some newspaper at the bottom of the hole to soften the fall of the eggs:

 

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How do you guys wipe the eggs clean?
Do you use tissue paper or a cloth?
Wet or dry?

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Just with a paper towel. Dry. We noticed we didnt have any eggs rot. Mark the top of the egg too and the top should always be at the top. Do not shake them or turn them around. As for catching the eggs, you really need to observe when they start the ritual of digging. They dig with their hind legs and then they will start laying. It can take a few hours so you have enough time to clear your schedule and wait for it to lay. For sulcatas, they pretty much lay every month give or take a few days.

This is our experience with sulcatas. Our aldabras are still babies.
 

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I love this thread so much! The Aldabras are such magical creatures. Thank you for sharing these beautiful creatures with us.
 

Sesel

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We don't usually weigh eggs, but recently got a huge one (@155g). Huge vs 'average':

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The female actually took a while to pass it out.
 
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