Surprise tiny leopards-Questions

DesertGrandma

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Yesterday a tiny leo showed up on our patio. Today another even tinier one. I have been watching for nesting but never saw one, or at least that I could recognize. Here's my question: How big is the hole they emerge from the ground? The only place I think they may have come from is a hole that is only about the size of a quarter. Both are old enough that their egg sack has been absorbed and they are both active and healthy. Anyone experienced with inground incubation please help!
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Hi Joy! Long time no see.

I just had a group of leopard tortoises dig their way out of the ground not too long ago. They very well could have come from the quarter sized hole. I've seen them emerge from holes that size, and up to the size of a baseball. Dig around in that hole, it should only go down about 8 inches or so if it is a nest. You should find egg shell fragments, or maybe more hatchlings/eggs.
 

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Hi Joy! Long time no see.

I just had a group of leopard tortoises dig their way out of the ground not too long ago. They very well could have come from the quarter sized hole. I've seen them emerge from holes that size, and up to the size of a baseball. Dig around in that hole, it should only go down about 8 inches or so if it is a nest. You should find egg shell fragments, or maybe more hatchlings/eggs.


Hi Neal. I know long time. Thought I saw a "test" nest a few months ago, but decided it wasn't one. Now trying to figure out where they are coming from so I can look for more. Will do as you suggest an hopefully find the source. Thank you!!
 

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I love that these little tort geniuses made it up to your patio and knew that is where the lady is that will assign them their baby Tort living quarters [emoji217][emoji173]️[emoji16][emoji4]
 

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Still haven't found the nest, but it is supposed to rain tomorrow so maybe more will appear. Fingers crossed.
 

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I have a new photo to share this morning. Hatchling #3 showed up this morning. It is even tinier than the first two. Active and healthy looking. It was in fact sitting on the top of the "test" nest, covered in dirt. If it hadn't moved I would have thought it was just a clod or rock. So now I am sure where the nest actually is. Funny that my other four have been hanging around that area for the last couple of days even through all the rain we have had here in AZ. It's almost like they know and are having a baby shower, haha.
Joy Hatchlings#3.JPG
 

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Update: Ended up with four beautiful babies. The fourth one is even tinier than the first three and absolutely friendly and thriving. Have found homes for two of them but will keep the smallest and the first one for awhile. Also, my female has dug two new nests. :) Going to let them over winter and hopefully will get more babies in the Spring... Might be time to start looking for an incubator.
 
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