Triplet update--separation

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It's good to have a vet who is also a personal friend. Dr. Dale Porcher and I have known each other since we were little kids in the 1960's so when I e-mailed him this morning with the triplet dilemma and photos he said, "Yeah, bring them in and let's separate them." I put the little guys in a bowl and drove over to his office. I don't mind admitting that I was shaking like a leaf the whole time for fear of injuring the neonates somehow. Dr. Porcher is also a reptile person and he breeds ball python (foo!) morphs. It took less than five minutes for him to tie off each hatchling. You can see the clipped off ends of the sutures in this photo...

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...but it did take a lot of hands to hold them while he did the knot tying...

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Right after the cuts were made. Each neonate is now free and has its own little yolk sac...

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I appreciate all of the very nice comments that have been made about these hatchlings and we will do our best to keep them going. They are very tiny and the weights are as follows: The two larger neonates are both 14 grams. The really little one is only 4 grams. That's not much bigger than a mud turtle hatchling. I will get measurements in a couple of days. Right now they are all back in the incubator.
As for the genetics and whether or not they are identical and so forth, those kind of things are beyond me. I really don't know but I'm sure others do.
 

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I've learned a lot from this whole thing,Carl. Thanks for sharing it.
 

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Yay!!!! Glad to hear that they are still doing well! Please, keep the pics and updates coming!
 

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Good news. Wow - that little one is SURE little. Has anyone ever seen one so small??
 

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How amazing! and only 4 grams?? Wow! I have a thing for runts, so I just want to take 'im and keep 'im forever!
 

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wow I wonder if the little one is some type of record? here is hoping they make it.
 

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Dr. Porcher rocks! I'm sure he was excited to see the three, something different than boring cats and dogs. This whole experience has been so fascinating. Keep up the updates! I wonder if the runt will always be smaller, develop/mature smaller, in essence a real "dwarf" cherryhead...curiouser and curiouser.
 

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That is good news!! I'm so happy their all doing well. Please keep the updates coming we all love this.
 

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Amazing!

Every so often we get a question regarding separating twins. Now we have your beautiful pictures and commentary to go by.

I'm so happy you've posted this in pictorial for us. Thank you!
 

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Awesome!!! They are sooo teeny tiny and CUTE!!!! I love the little guy, but I am a sucker for the underdog!! Thanks for sharing all of this, truly amazing! I hope they make it!!!
 

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Wow! 4 grams is really tiny. My students and I once weighed worms, the little ones from the bait fridge at the store. The bigger ones, not yet night crawler size, weighed 1-2 grams. So your little guy is the equivalent of 2-4 garden worms. TINY!! Best wishes to all 3 of the little ones:)
 

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I thought my 7 gram Greek was tiny... holy cow.

I really hope for the best. I really would like to see that tiny one make it through.
 

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PLEASE keep the pictures coming! It's like a cliff hanger... I can't wait to see what happens next!!!
 

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omg they are totally adorable, the tiny one is amazing ! ive never seen anything that small besides a bug or a snail lol its truly amazing . i hope they make it , i have no idea what the size of a normal tortoise baby is but that teeny one is a marvel whats his name ?

can i please have permission to share the picture on another pet forum ? its so amazing i didnt even know tortoises could have triplets , the more people who see them the more people will be rooting for there servival and that has to be a good thing.
 
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