Rare Tortoises

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Whoa. I thought the longest incubation period belonged to chilensis. The duration is nearly equal to the gestation period of an elephant!
Yep. Extremely long, quickest on record from a colleague of mine over in Botswana said 428 days, average about 500. I know some Pyxis can take 600(have been noted) but I believe that's purely of the diapause regime. They can be stopped and started again, sometimes it's required too. Has been thus far with these lobatse. Went through 3 6-8 week cools cycles then I just left them in ambient buried fluctuating temps. Botswana can get really hot during the day and quite cool at night, so makes since.
 

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I've seen some adult at Repticon before but never a hatchling. These guys are so cool with the flat shells!!! Man Tortadise your collection is just so massive that you can't name all the species you have :)
Lol. There's more people here with a bunch of stuff too.
 

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Lol. There's more people here with a bunch of stuff too.
Your right!! There are some people on TFO with huge collections, that I'm gonna bug to get some pictures from them lol. Like I'm doing to you!!! You said you had some Sulcatas right?
 

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Your right!! There are some people on TFO with huge collections, that I'm gonna bug to get some pictures from them lol. Like I'm doing to you!!! You said you had some Sulcatas right?
Yep sure do. Actually just started to hatch today as well.
40 gram Chunker.
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OMG!!!!! To me the best specie of tortoise!!!!! Ok I have a question, what do you do with all these hatchlings??? Do you sell them? raise? Give away? Like I'm always wondering what you guys do with these guys.
Well it's only a few hours old and already 40 grams. Chunker McGee. Some we sell yeah. Helps offset operating costs and utilities. We do give quite a few away though too. Adopt out over 30-40 a year too,
 

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Yeah they take a while to grow up and breed. The founder animals are down to a 1.2 or 1.3 been a while since I've spoken with zoo Atlanta or Dwight.
Yeah, I think they had 4.4 adults now, or maybe 3.3 when I went a couple of weeks ago.
I'll get some pics of the offspring up on here some time-also had some ploughshares as well
 

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Well it's only a few hours old and already 40 grams. Chunker McGee. Some we sell yeah. Helps offset operating costs and utilities. We do give quite a few away though too. Adopt out over 30-40 a year too,
That's a lot of tortoise you give away and sell for sure!! Shoot if you ever giving some Sulcata away tell me!! Ok so what is your favorite specie of tortoise? What do you like about tortoises if I may ask as well?
 

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Tortadise you have me acting like a 5 year old again!!! I'm pacing the house refreshed the page waiting for a response and jumping for joy looking at these amazing creatures you have. Also all this amazing info your jamming in my head!!! It's like I'm a kid in a candy shop!! :D
 

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Tortadise you have me acting like a 5 year old again!!! I'm pacing the house refreshed the page waiting for a response and jumping for joy looking at these amazing creatures you have. Also all this amazing info your jamming in my head!!! It's like I'm a kid in a candy shop!! :D
Lol. Well I have loads of pictures.
 

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More? Ok.
Erosa
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Sri Lankan stars
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Spiny turtle
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Homes Hingeback
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Western bells Hingeback
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Aldabra
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Elongated
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Speks Hingeback
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Amazon basin yellow foot
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Eastern bells Hingeback
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I really love the Western Bell Hingeback and the Spiny turtle!!!!
Do you know anyone else on TFO that has exotic/rare tortoises?
 

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More? Ok.
Erosa
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Sri Lankan stars
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Spiny turtle
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Homes Hingeback
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Western bells Hingeback
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Aldabra
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Elongated
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Speks Hingeback
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Amazon basin yellow foot
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Eastern bells Hingeback
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Amazing collection for sure. Thanks for sharing these great pictures. :)
 

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