I didn't realize you had gotten back into the hingeback tortoises. I'd love to come visit your menagerie some day. But knowing me and the way I love being away from home, I doubt that'll ever happen.
Very cool! Keep us posted.Yeah, so the secret is maybe discernible from this meager post. I keep some record of things here. I was too tired to work my way into my own computer database last night. So I recorded it here.
Three eggs from group 2, laid on the surface, soiled with poop. rinsed and scrubbed with a soft tooth brush, set up with Hatchrite at 86F incubator. Perforated produce bag for a an air breathing top.
So today, two months later they eggs go into a cooling cycle. I have one of those high low thermometers with the tiny needles in the columns that stay at the extreme. Since James noted the cool down that I remarked about here. I used it to see how stable the garage temps were. The low is 63F, the high 78F in the most not heated yet still moderated part of the garage.I got three spekii eggs today. Hope they hatch.
Don't give up on those though. Sometimes they do require a diapause. I had 2 that appeared infertile and added moisture they later hatched. For some reason the temperature can't be a constant key for this species of Kinixys along with others like zombensis and Natalensis. Dry cool incubation then Gradually increase moisture along with temps seems to be the key factor for a lot of those south east continental species. I have to do the same with my leopards eggs. Cooling and dry then more moist and increased heat to hatch them properly.Well, I got two eggs each from both females today. I set them up for a time in the incubator. Their two months of cool down will be the peak of summer heat so I'll have to buy a chilling chamber.
I counted today and I have 21 pancake eggs not developing so the chilling chamber may help with that as well. Boo-Hoo