My feeling has been that as the yolk sac was absorbed, the two shells might become extremely close together or even become joined at the center of the plastron making the tortoises appear to be, or even actually be, attached to each other like Siamese twins, hence I have always attempted to separate them before that could occur.
I guess that if Tom decides to wait it out with his twins rather than trying to separate them early on, he will be able to provide us with the answer to that theory.
The trick is doing it at just the right time. IE, when it appears that there is no actual vascular connection, but just fleshy looking tissue.
When the connection reached a thin point, I tied it off with some dental floss in that area. They were separated the next morning. Now, I'm using Vetricin to keep the area from getting infected and I'm cleaning their box twice a day to keep the "germ" load low.What method did you end up going with to separate them?
Oh no! I'm sorry about that. Are you going to have a necropsy done just to see what went wrong or what the insides were like? I know it would probably be expensive but it would also be very interesting. I'm glad the little one is doing fine.Bad news. Arnold didn't make it. Don't know what went wrong. Everything looked okay on the outside.
Little Danny continues to look great and seems like he's doing very well.
That's too bad. I would have expected the smaller one to not make it.
Oh no! I'm sorry about that. Are you going to have a necropsy done just to see what went wrong or what the insides were like? I know it would probably be expensive but it would also be very interesting. I'm glad the little one is doing fine.
Texas A & M will do a reptile necropsy for $100 plus shipping if you're interested. https://tvmdl.tamu.edu/tests/necropsy-avianreptilesamphibians/Me too. Who knows what was going on the inside.
I'm curious too, but not so curious that I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars.