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Angulate Tortoises

- hatchlings p.1 -

Angulate / Bowsprit (Chersina angulata) hatchling

A few weeks old Angulate / Angulated / Bowsprit (Chersina angulata) tortoise hatchling.

Hatching Angulate

Chersina angulata

This Angulate hatchling, incubated on coarse vermiculite, has pipped and made some progress on the egg shell. He stayed like this inside the egg for two days before he stepped out.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata)

Almost ready for the world.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata)

He had a small residual belly slit. It closed in a couple of days.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata)

He likes to burrow into the warm, damp sphagnum moss. Love those big spots. :O)

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata)

Sleeping baby.

More babies

pipped Angulate tortoise, Chersina angulata

This egg was incubated on HatchRite. Notice the new, still pink Angulate egg above that has already started chalking, in other words, turning white. Angulates lay only ONE, but large egg at a time.

hatching Angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata)

Almost out of the egg. This baby is very light colored and yellow.

hatching Angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata)

As soon as babies pip, I remove them from the incubation substrate and put them on damp paper towels. Babies stay inside the incubator this way until their bellies are healed. I do not remove the egg shells, but let the babies exit the eggs themselves.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise hatchling

Pretty baby.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata) hatchlings

Angulate tortoise babies of various ages, colors, and patterns.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata) hatchlings

Look at that lovely orange skin color on his neck.

Angulate vs Golden

Angulate and Golden Greek tortoise hatchlings

Comparison of Angulate tortoise (left) and Golden Greek tortoise (right) hatchlings. The Angulate baby already displays the dark, triangular pattern on his marginal scutes. The Golden Greek baby has a more yellow colored shell and skin.

Chersina angulata vs Testudo graeca hatchlings

Here's another comparison set of different hatchlings. The baby on the left is an Angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata) and the baby on the right is a Golden Greek (Testudo graeca terrestris). Both are younger, smaller, and lighter colored than the other babies in the photo above. These ones don't have any growth lines yet. A quarter for size reference.


Related pages: Angulate hatchlings p.2, care, courtship, nesting, incubation, and egg development

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