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Golden Greek Tortoises

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Golden Greek tortoise egg (Testudo graeca terrestris) egg, 20 days of incubation

Candling a fertile Golden Greek egg at 20 days of incubation.

Egg incubation - Golden Greeks

Incubation conditions for Golden Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca ssp) eggs vary somewhat among breeders. Here are some examples of published incubation temperatures and humidity levels.

1.) Douglas Dix (Breeding Golden Greek tortoises,, 2009)

2.) Mario Herz (Maurische Landschildkroeten, 2013)

3.) David S. Lee, Mike Lowe (Health, husbandry, and captive breeding of Golden Greek tortoises,, 2007)

4.) Jerry G. Walls (Ask The Breeder: Golden Rules, Reptiles magazine, July 2004)

Golden Greek tortoise hatchling, Testudo graeca

Freshly hatched Golden Greek baby.

brand new Golden Greek hatchling

This new baby is darker and more orange colored.

just hatched Golden Greek tortoise

Such a cutie! Notice the egg tooth (sharp tip on beak) he used to break the egg.

Golden Greek tortoise hatching (Testudo graeca)

Once the babies pip, I move them into separate small tubs inside the incubator. I line the tubs with wet paper towels and roll up one to stabilize the egg. I do not remove babies from their eggs. I let them come out themselves. They know when they are ready for the world. :O)

Golden Greek tortoise hatching (Testudo graeca)

He broke the egg, but then decided to stay inside longer.

Egg incubation - Greeks

Here are some examples of published incubation methods for Greek tortoises (Testudo graeca).

1.) Lance Jepson, MA VetMB CBiol MI Biol MRCVS (Mediterranean Tortoises, 2006)

Note: Higher incubation temperatures, especially above 90 °F (32.2 °C), are more likely to introduce birth defects.

2.) Gunther Koehler (Incubation of Reptile Eggs, 2004)

3.) Ed Pirog (Tortoises: A Comprehensive Guide to Russian Tortoises, Leopard Tortoises, and More, 2012)

4.) Brian Pursall (Mediterranean Tortoises, 1994)


Related pages: Golden Greek egg development p.1, egg development p.2, hatchlings and incubators

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