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LEOPARD TORTOISE INCUBATION

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LEOPARD TORTOISE INCUBATION

Postby yagyujubei » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:27 pm

My young male leopard tortoise is just starting to breed my big female. I'm in the US, and can't incubate naturally. Does anyone have any tips for me? Such as diapause time and temps, incubation temp and humidity?
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Re: LEOPARD TORTOISE INCUBATION

Postby yagyujubei » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:29 pm

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Postby Bushviper » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:18 am

I have had minimal success incubating them. I just leave them in the ground and year later they hatch. Where in the US are you? They can handle rather extreme weather conditions.
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Re: LEOPARD TORTOISE INCUBATION

Postby Jamster » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:21 am

Friend of mine has hatched almost fifty. He puts them in large tubs with little ventilation and leaves them half buried in soil in his reptile room which is at about 23 degrees celcius. It is a very long wait, almost a year. Beware when hatching them, once they begin to hatch they have a yolk sack attached to their belly. At this stage they should be kept as sterile as possible. Flies love laying their maggots in the yolk, which causes the tortoise to die.

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Postby yagyujubei » Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:02 pm

Bushviper wrote:I have had minimal success incubating them. I just leave them in the ground and year later they hatch. Where in the US are you? They can handle rather extreme weather conditions.


I'm in northern Ohio. The weather can be severe with prolonged periods below freezing. They are indoors for 1/2 of the year.
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