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just hatched Testudo graeca terrestris

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).

Testudo graeca terrestris egg, 28 days incubation

Candling a fertile Golden Greek tortoise egg at 28 days of incubation. Notice the red embryo spot.

Golden Greek tortoise egg, day 32 of incubation

Same egg at 32 days of incubation. The embryo is bigger.

Golden Greek tortoise egg, day 32 of incubation

Other side of the same egg at 32 days of incubation.

Testudo graeca terrestris egg, 38 days incubation

Same egg at 38 days of incubation.

Testudo graeca terrestris egg incubating

Other side of the same Golden Greek egg at 38 days of incubation.

Golden Greek tortoise egg incubating

Same egg at 49 days. It's getting more difficult to see the insides of the egg.

Testudo graeca terrestris hatching

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.

Golden Greek tortoise baby just hatched

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.

Golden Greek tortoise egg pipping

The second hatchling of this 2 egg clutch pipped 7 days after the first one and then hatched 3 days later.

Testudo graeca terrestris hatching, almost out of the egg

Second baby is almost out of the egg. She also weighed 13 g.

Golden Greek tortoise hatched with a residual yolk sack

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)

1 day old Golden Greek tortoise hatchling

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.

 

Related pages: Golden Greek tortoise egg development p.1, hatchlings

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