Golden Greek Tortoises
- egg development p.2 -
Newly hatched Golden Greek (Testudo graeca terrestris). Just out of the egg. Her egg development photos are below.
Egg chalking and candling
See the Golden Greek tortoise egg development p.1 for egg chalking photos, candling info, and more incubating Golden Greek tortoise egg photos (86 °F, 30 °C).
Fertile, developing egg
Below are photos of another developing Golden Greek tortoise egg (Testudo graeca terrestris). This egg hatched first from a two egg clutch. These eggs were incubated at 90 °F (32.2 °C) with about 75% humidity. Incubation lasted 82 days for the first hatched egg (labeled #2) and a week longer for the second hatchling (egg #1).
Candling a fertile Golden Greek tortoise egg at 28 days of incubation. Notice the red embryo spot.
Same egg at 32 days of incubation. The embryo is bigger.
Other side of the same egg at 32 days of incubation.
Same egg at 38 days of incubation.
Other side of the same Golden Greek egg at 38 days of incubation.
Same egg at 49 days. It's getting more difficult to see the insides of the egg.
Here she is! The first baby hatched after 82 days of incubation. She weighed 13 g. Her clutch mate's egg is on the left.
Just out of the egg! This first hatchling had an almost straight belly. Just a tiny fold that will straighten in a day or so. Some babies are much more folded when born. See the Golden Greek hatchlings page for an example of that.
The second hatchling of this 2 egg clutch pipped 7 days after the first one and then hatched 3 days later.
Second baby is almost out of the egg. She also weighed 13 g.
The second hatchling had a small residual yolk sac. I did not remove her from the egg. She climbed out herself. I let my hathclings do their own hatching. :O)
The next day, the residual sac was almost gone, and her belly was flat. In a few more days, the opening will be fully closed.