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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)

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.

Another hatching

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 media and put them on damp paper towels. I let them exit the egg themselves.

Little splitties

just hatched Angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata)

One day old Angulate tortoise with split scutes.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise baby

This hatchling also has split scutes, but with a different arraingement.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata)

Again, splits in a different location. This baby is also more yellow than my other hatchings.

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 and the baby on the right is a Golden Greek. 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.

Growth grooves

Angulate / Bowsprit (Chersina angulata) hatchling

Angulate tortoise hatchling showing his first growth "groove." Angulates' shells tend to grow with a visible "groove" pattern.

Angulate / Bowsprit tortoise hatchling

Close up of the new growth.

Angulate tortoise shell - "groove" pattern

Here you can see the growth "grooves" of an adult Angulate tortoise.

 

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

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