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Tortoise lays eggs October 28, 2013

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Our female red-footed tortoise, Shelby, began digging in the dirt last week in her outdoor enclosure.  We also noticed she had bubbles around her eyes, which are often called “egg laying tears.”  We were very excited as we knew from previous years that it meant she would soon lay eggs!

Shelby then proceeded to lay 5 eggs in the hole she had dug out.

Her next step was to bury them so they could incubate in the ground.  The Science Center carefully pulled the eggs and put them into an incubator (the temperatures at this time of year are too cold for the eggs to survive).  We placed dummy eggs in the nest so Shebly would feel her responsibilties were completed.

The eggs are incubating in the Science Center and we will candle them in a week to see if they are fertile.

The eggs are at 8o degrees in vermiculite and moss.

The eggs are at 84 degrees in vermiculite and moss.

Redfoot Tortoises lay  large round eggs (40-45mm in diameter). Clutch size ranges from 1-13 eggs.  They usually lay 4-6 eggs.  If fertile, the eggs will take 3-4 months to hatch.  We are hoping for baby tortoises!

Shebly (female,on left) and Fireball (male,on right)

Shebly (female,on left) and Fireball (male,on right)

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