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Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by Mojavejaz, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Mojavejaz

    Mojavejaz New Member

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    My 20 year old female red foot laid for first time today. I have two equally large males with her. I don't know how many eggs yet since I'm going to leave them in ground for a week before placing in incubator. I'm familiar and successful hatching sulcatas and leopards but have never had red foot eggs before. Is there something I should do differently to maximize likelihood of successful hatching?
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    Wow, first clutch at 20 years old? My RFs first laid at about 8yrs and got to consistent numbers and fertility rates at 10yrs. They usually lay 6 to 8 eggs monthly through a 5 to 6 month fall/winter laying season. But remember, a 20 year old tort is many years from midlife.
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    She may have laid previously and I just missed it, but this is the first year she exhibited that restless nest searching behavior all day before finally deciding on a suitable spot. She seemed to have a lot of trouble getting that first egg out - took forever and I nearly intervened to pop the egg so it would pass.
    I’m wondering if I should incubate the eggs in a more moist environment than I do my leopard and Sulcatas eggs?
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