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Lobatse Laying Eggs

Discussion in 'Hingeback tortoises' started by tortadise, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    pretty stoked. Finally got an acclimated female to nest. We've received eggs from this species before. But as usual some wild collected females will just dump eggs that aren't fertile. Which was the case 3 years ago. These should be fertile as the male this female is paired with had bred with her quite a few times over the years. Will be interesting the incubation method for these. Following a typical Pyxis or Radiata method including diapause regime.

    Here is a video of her digging the nest and the nosy male in this enclosure.
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    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Got 3 eggs from her. Currently in 86-88 degree warm cycle for 2 months, then will cool on dry medium for another 2 months.
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    Good luck Kelly. Keep us posted
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    Anthony P Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    This is awesome, Kelly!!!!!
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    Highfields book does not mention using any but normal incubation period. Why take the chance of killing them by playing around with anything but normal incubation and adding the extra time for something to go wrong? This seems anything but wise.
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    Way cooooooool ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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    Interested in how is it going with incubation?
    Any development in eggs?

    Regards
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  8. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Unfortunately no. Went through 3 diapause regimes to see no embryonic development. Back to the drawing board. Should be expecting ova soon again though.
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    Raptorn New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you for the reply.

    Okay, I see.

    What is the plan with next incubation?

    I have never heard of them being bred, have the Lobatsiana ever been bred in captivity before?

    Regards
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    Hello Kelly,

    I would suggest simply keeping the eggs at 65 degrees for 3-4 weeks, then incubating them normally rather than starting to incubate the eggs right after collecting them.. If no development occurs by the 4th week after the start of incubation, then cool them again for 3-4 weeks and then re-place them into the incubator. This has worked for me with a few species (though none were Kinixys).
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    Do you know how the eggs were incubated? If so, it would be nice to hear about the incubation method which was successful.
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