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Discussion in 'Bowsprit tortoises' started by HermanniChris, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. HermanniChris

    HermanniChris Well-Known Member TFO Sponsor 10 Year Member!

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    Upon arriving home two days ago from a much needed family vacation, I found a newly hatched baby Chersina angulata sitting right next to its mother under the basking light in the enclosure. I had absolutely no idea when this egg was laid, therefore I have no clue how long it incubated for. It’s flawless, robust and just beautiful. I also located the nest and egg shell pieces. It certainly was not there when we left on September 13th, so it did hatch while we were gone. That makes two successful hatches for us here with this species. In addition, my latest article for REPTILES magazine is hitting subscribers now and is all about the bowsprit tortoise. Keep a look out for it in case you’re interested. It came out well, has a good amount of info in it and plenty of photos.

    Below are some photos of the new baby and one of it next to Ayanda, the baby that hatched here back in March, so you can see the drastic size difference.
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  2. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    You are one lucky guy!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Very cool, a nice Welcome home. Congrats.
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    Craziness. Really happy for you.
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    They look like Kang & Roo who I’m just mesmerized by!! I think I have to get one of these species!!! Really gorgeous
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    That is awesome news. The new little one is gorgeous. And Ayanda is growing beautifully.
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    So cute!
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    You might have to move to South Africa!
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    Whahaha. Hopefully with your breeding program and Chris's breeding program that won't be necessary. Not that Heather isn't welcome of course.
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    I’ve always wanted to visit South Africa
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    wow so cool! Am I remembering right that to get the first one to hatch in the incubator you fallowed a complicated incubation plan? Seems like you even thinned the egg shell? Is that correct? how fascinating that this one made it all on its own! Is the dirt in the pen acidic do you know?

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