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Tortoises from the Seychelles

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by Sesel, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Sesel

    Sesel Well-Known Member

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    2nd female choosing area to dig:





    I either miscalculated the time it would take her to dig the hole or she was fast in doing so. By the time I checked again she had already laid and was covering back up:



    Had to wait and dig up the eggs. Everything ended after midnight. :D

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    Our first time using an incubator. Any suggestions are welcomed.
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    If you don't mind me asking is there a market for babie aldabras in you country or do you export?
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    We have not 'tested' the market here yet. If there is a market, it will probably be small. We do not currently export :tort:
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    @ Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort:

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    Ive never bred aldabras, But with my sulcatas I would wipe the eggs clean of all the fluid & dirt then place them in the incubator with vermiculite as a medium. We also catch the eggs as the mom lays it to prevent any cracks.
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    How do you guys wipe the eggs clean?
    Do you use tissue paper or a cloth?
    Wet or dry?

    We have tried this as well. Not always possible. For the first clutch this year, I tried putting some newspaper at the bottom of the hole to soften the fall of the eggs:

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    Following I love all the information on this breed :)!
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    I can’t believe I missed this thread how amazing!!
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    Just with a paper towel. Dry. We noticed we didnt have any eggs rot. Mark the top of the egg too and the top should always be at the top. Do not shake them or turn them around. As for catching the eggs, you really need to observe when they start the ritual of digging. They dig with their hind legs and then they will start laying. It can take a few hours so you have enough time to clear your schedule and wait for it to lay. For sulcatas, they pretty much lay every month give or take a few days.

    This is our experience with sulcatas. Our aldabras are still babies.
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    Thanks~ we were impressed with their largest male; he was humongous :D
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    First time eating spineless cactus pads:



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    I love this thread so much! The Aldabras are such magical creatures. Thank you for sharing these beautiful creatures with us.
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    You're welcome~

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    Old eggs in new nest:

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    We don't usually weigh eggs, but recently got a huge one (@155g). Huge vs 'average':

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    The female actually took a while to pass it out.
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    The first pip of this season's eggs. 87 days incubation in incubator vs an average of 128 days at room temperature.
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