- hatchlings p.1 -
A few weeks old Angulate / Angulated / Bowsprit (Chersina angulata) tortoise hatchling.
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.
Almost ready for the world.
He had a small residual belly slit. It closed in a couple of days.
He likes to burrow into the warm, damp sphagnum moss. Love those big spots. :O)
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.
Almost out of the egg. This baby is very light colored and yellow.
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 tortoise babies of various ages, colors, and patterns.
Look at that lovely orange skin color on his neck.
Angulate vs Golden
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.
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.