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Tortstork "Insta-Hatch" Marokkensis Egg!

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  1. hollyandT

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    This is super cool!
    It’s also got me curious about how the hatching process works:)
    what is that dark liquid?
    Is it what’s left of the white part of the egg?
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    @Shellfreak would be able to explain this better than me. I've only hatched 2 eggs so am still learning new things myself.
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    SweetGreekTorts Well-Known Member

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    Here are some pictures of Atlas that I took when I got home from work this afternoon. He's already moving around, so I gave him a larger deli cup in the incubator.

    His yolk sac is almost completely absorbed, still has the tiny belly button left. IMG_20190401_163730_847.jpeg IMG_20190401_162737.jpeg IMG_20190401_162751.jpeg IMG_20190401_162804.jpeg IMG_20190401_163730_848.jpeg
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    Wow look how little! Awesome pics.
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    shellfreak Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Exactly. It’s just left over albumen. Dried up. Sometimes blood veins are popped from the hatchling moving around inside the egg and the vessels bleed into the albumen and don’t get completely absorbed into the yolk sac. They get mixed up with the albumen to make that dark color gelatinous substance, which eventually dehydrates and turns crusty. Some eggs are crystal clean when the baby hatches. Some of it might have to do with the humidity levels during incubation. Still lots of retrospective research to be done on tortoise eggs.
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    Already eating greens! Today he weighs 8 grams and measures 1.2 inches. Not bad for a 4-day old. IMG_20190401_191449_452.jpeg
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    Ah I see!
    He’s very beautiful !
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    Day 5

    He should be ready for his first soak tomorrow morning. I am really loving his unique colors and patterns. Like the lighter patches around his head, and the very tip of his tail!
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    Might I ask... Why did you wait to begin soaks? I soak my hatchlings daily from the day they emerge from the egg. They will drink a lot immediately and start eating that first day usually.
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    I want to make sure he absorbs the yolk sac completely and seals up. I didn't know if it was safe to soak him before then and didn't want to take a chance.
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    I just gave him a good soak in warm water and put him back in the incubator. I didn't see him drink, but he is eating already, since yesterday.
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    How do you know it's a male? That must be a great experience.
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    He was incubated to encourage male gender. I know that's never a guarantee and I'll have to wait until he's grown big enough to confirm. But in the meantime, it's just easier to go with it.
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    Is it a timing thing? The longer or shorter time before incubation?
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    It's a temperature thing. Incubating at a temperature of 85-86 degrees Fahrenheit has a greater chance of producing a male. Higher temps, 89-90 degrees Fahrenheit is favorable for females. In the middle, it could go either way. But although those temps create that greater chance for one gender, there's still a small chance it can end up the opposite gender. That's how I understand it.
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    After his morning soak, Atlas was put in a larger enclosure for the next few weeks. He's got a UVA basking light, a fluorescent UVB, 2 dark hides, and fresh breakfast. Nice and warm and humid. IMG_20190403_051813_010.jpeg IMG_20190403_051813_009.jpeg IMG_20190403_052948_406.jpeg
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    WOw that is so cool!!! I am contemplating getting a insta-egg..........I wish i could borrow a incubator from someone, but I may just bite the bullet and go for it. What do you think?
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    Yessss! Bite the bullet I want to see pics.
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    If you decide to buy an incubator, get it from Incubator Warehouse online. When I was shopping for the Hovabator 1602N, I found it on a dozen different sites for many different prices. This place sells it for the lowest price ($47.99+s/h), and they ship FAST!
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