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    Diapause for South African Leopard Tortoise Eggs

    Thank you for sharing that, Tom. Very kind of you. I truly appreciate it. Did you put them in the incubator before initiating diapause or did they do straight from the nest into diapause? Sounds like I'm gonna have to just start experimenting...
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    Diapause for South African Leopard Tortoise Eggs

    Thanks for the reply. I've actually considered trying exactly that (everything you mentioned). There might already be a clutch out there in the yard somewhere as I was gone for an extended period of time earlier this summer and she may have laid a clutch during my absence. There's no way to...
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    Diapause for South African Leopard Tortoise Eggs

    Thank you for your reply, Tom! It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I appreciate the time, effort, insights and your willingness to share. My tortoises are pure S. p. pardalis, as far as I know (they all had the multiple spots in each scute as hatchlings). I got them from a very...
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    Diapause for South African Leopard Tortoise Eggs

    My female SA leopard tortoise laid eggs last week. They are currently in the incubator at 88 F. I've heard and read that placing the eggs into a state of diapause often results in higher hatch rates. What I don't know is how long should I leave the eggs in the incubator before placing them in...
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    New here. Another turtle/tortoise o'phile in SoCal.

    I don't keep any birds (saw how much work that was and how messy they are when I worked at a pet store for a couple years in high school/college) but bird in the field wherever I go. Most of my birding has been in the SW US (CA and AZ, more specifically) and SE Kansas (where my family has had a...
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    New here. Another turtle/tortoise o'phile in SoCal.

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. Always nice to enter a group with pleasant reception and acceptance. Although new to the forum, like many of you already here and perhaps some of you just joining, I'm not new to studying and learaning about turtles tortoises and terrapins. I've kept...
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    New here. Another turtle/tortoise o'phile in SoCal.

    I do. I have 3 (2.1) adult South African leopard tortoises, two unsexed hatchlings (my first babies, recently hatched from my first clutch), 1.0 radiated and 0.1 desert tortoise. I also have 4 more clutches of S.A. leopards (38 eggs total) currently cooking.
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    New here. Another turtle/tortoise o'phile in SoCal.

    Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Michael. I just found out about this forum. What a great resource! Catch me in the archives reading and learning...
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