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    First baby Russian! Where to go from here?

    Update: the little dude’s shell is SUPER soft. I noticed it when I picked them up while transferring them to the terrarium, but I looked at their plastron just now and it’s literally flexing when they breathe. Man’s got a serious calcium deficiency, I believe. How can we solve this? They really...
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    First baby Russian! Where to go from here?

    Hello, everybody! After a wacky January clutch, we weren’t sure that even the one egg that chalked would make it. But after a way longer time than we thought, one of them hatched! I only found this out after I went to throw the eggs out (I’m a terrible tortoise mom, I know), so I’m not sure how...
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    Crystal laid eggs in winter!

    They usually live together, but we have ways to separate them into different sections of the enclosure and Crystal always goes to a separate enclosure to lay her eggs in peace.
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    Crystal laid eggs in winter!

    I added only a tiny bit of water to the vermiculite, and it's mostly dry. Think the texture of the sand the waves just barely touched at the beach. The cups we put the eggs in are sitting in a large Tupperware full of water. Let's hope these little guys hatch!
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    So we don't have a record of his hatchday; that makes things a bit complicated.
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    Crystal :)

    Our female Russian, Crystal, tired out the day after laying a rare winter clutch. Let's hope they hatch!
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    I heard a Russian's lifespan is like 60-80, how old is this guy?
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    Incubating two of my female Russian's eggs in a rare winter clutch!

    Incubating two of my female Russian's eggs in a rare winter clutch!
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    Crystal laid eggs in winter!

    Hello, everyone! Yesterday our female Russian tortoise, Crystal, laid two eggs, and we're wondering how much of a chance these ones have, especially considering they were laid in winter. We're following the advice we got after our first clutch failed, including more water in the incubator to...
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Crystal sunning herself!'

    Aw, thanks! Yeah, I think the little boy is trying to make up for his smallness by being more aggressive. Just make sure they don't hurt each other too badly, and separate them if the fighting gets too crazy. (Our torts live in one enclosure, but it has two rooms, so I put Prism in the other...
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Crystal sunning herself!'

    Oh, boy. I heard they fight a lot, but maybe that's only when there's a girl around to fight over. Unfortunately at this point, you'll have to get at least two females to start breeding, since if there's only one your boys will fight and the girl will be freaking out all the time, which is good...
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Kevin'

    Yeah, it's cool how there's bands of light and dark. My tortoises are polar opposites in that way.
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    Oh wow, I get why his name is Duckster now! Is that just how his beak grew in when he was born, or is that a result of not clipping it?
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Crystal sunning herself!'

    She's had four so far, one might've had twins but unfortunately that and another one were infertile. The other two are really behind developmentally but seem to have chalked, so we're still waiting on those. And yeah, especially with younger tortoises, determining the sex of a tortoise can be...
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Crystal sunning herself!'

    Ummmm…this tortoise has laid eggs. I have posts, on this site, about this tortoise’s eggs. I’ve heard that in many places, but I’m pretty sure it’s a secondary indicator to tail size and shape, as well as the size of male and female tortoises of about the same age (my girl and boy are only about...
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Crystal Sprinkles’ first egg!'

    Oh, man. I read an article on tortoise egg complications like a month ago, and that might be because it’s rotten. I’m not sure, since the article’s a bit fuzzy, but here it is: /https://www.tortstork.com/tortoise-complications/
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    Dark lines forming on questionably fertile eggs...what's going on?

    I've seen a couple posts about these odd dark lines on tortoise eggs, but it seems nobody's figured them out, so I'll ask again. What are these lines, and do they have anything to do with the fact that these eggs seem to be duds? We've candled them and there seems to be a slightly darker area...
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Crystal Sprinkles’ first egg!'

    Actually, a bit of an update on this: We've got more! Crystal laid three more eggs, and they'll be due soon as well. We also might have twins! This first one turned out to be almost two times the size of the other three, and there's definitely a possibility that there's two tortoises in there...
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    Comment by 'jUMPSu1t' in media 'Crystal Sprinkles’ first egg!'

    Oh, wow! Alrighty, I’ll get a new cup with some dry vermiculite.
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