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The question I got today…

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by leigti, Apr 26, 2016.

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  1. leigti

    leigti Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    A friend of mine was over looking at my tortoises, and she wanted to know if I was going to breed them. I of course said no but it got me thinking, is this even possible? I have a male pancake and a female russian.
    Now before everybody has a total conniption fit, I would not attempt it no matter what. I just was wondering if it was possible to get a viable baby tortoise from this pair. This is a Scientific, hypothetical, animal husbandry question. Not interested in starting an ethical debate here people
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    Interesting question. I have no idea. They're similar in size, but certainly not characteristics. I am glad you're not going to try it. ;)
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    Very, Very, Very, Very, Hugely, Unlikely. But not impossible. That is my opinion.
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    We've talked about this before, and I think the consensus of opinion was that if they are all in the same genus it would be possible. But I may be mis-remembering.
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    leigti Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    The largest jump I recall seeing of a hybrid was radiated and redfoot. That's a pretty big jump photogenically. So, what the possibility numerically in a ratio or chance I wouldn't guess. But it is possible.
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    So that's astrochelys and geochelone, two separate genera.
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    And geographically separated for a very long time. The photo and caption was in the first issue of CC&B. I'll try to remember and capture with my phone, break copyright and post it here.
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    Here is that article... Nice looking tortoises, but I'm easy.

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    That makes me want to kick somebody… :mad:
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    leigti Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Genetics is interesting to me. I'm glad people haven't gone off on me about this thread.
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