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Kevin's Mediterranean Breeding Thread

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by KevinGG, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. CalifornianReptile

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    Awesome!
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    KevinGG Well-Known Member

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    Today is Endangered Species Day. Here are some pics of Testudo Hermanni Hermanni.

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    Thanks for the great pictures!!
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  4. KevinGG

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    Don't think I ever showed any of the new indoor enclosures. This is the female Hermanni habitat. Freshly (fake) planted and misted.

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    These new enclosures are in a closet. As you can tell, I put the hinge on backwards. Will have to redo it at some point. Not showing the others until they are fully "planted" as well. Each one is about 7' x 3.5'.

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    The nesting box has a mix of topsoil, sand, and peat moss.

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    Also installed a bathroom fan that can be turned on to prevent high humidity and/or any smells that can come from tortoise enclosures. Basically the same reason one would use it in a bathroom. Air gaps were installed every 18" to allow air to move between levels.

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    And one of the best things about keeping these in a closet is that There is a pocket door that can be closed to hide all of the enclosures.

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    Very impressive!
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    Yes! We always want to maintain the illusion what we aren't tort-crazy!
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    Exactly. A couple chelonians out in the open is fine. The other twenty should remain out of sight. :)
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    Lots of breeding these past few days. Most attempts are on video, so I won't be able to post them (you won't get to hear the high pitched moans of a male Testudo), but here is one crooked attempt. :)

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    wow amazing! your keeping them inside?
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    Outside during the day, inside at night. That photo was early AM before they went out.
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    How is the group doing?
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    Just saw this. Groups are doing well, but no eggs. They are spending more time indoors as temps begin to cool down. Here are some photos:

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    I thought I’d share some breeding success from today. Still time to get viable eggs, especially since they will be kept warm all winter long. If not, I am feeling confident about the spring since so much breeding has been going on. Here are some blurry pictures from today.

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    If you’d like to see video of these events and better pictures, head over to my Instagram @theturtleisyou Thanks for looking :)
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    I always like seeing your enclosures. You make them so nice.
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    Thank you. :) That’s very kind.
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    @KevinGG Your indoor enclosures are so awesome! Where did you acquire the fake plants? I have a couple from Petco, but they're noticeably fake.
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    Haha. Thank you. I buy all of them online from the arts and crafts store, Michaels. They sell plants connected to picks that slide easily into the substrate.
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    Do the torts try to eat the fake plants? i want to get some for my Greek
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    It seems some Greeks do and some don't.
    I use real spider plants myself.
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