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Tortstork Made History!

SweetGreekTorts

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I bought a Russian Tortoise egg from Randy Betz at Tortstork. He usually ships tortoise eggs within 48 of when they were laid, but we tried something different with mine.

This egg was laid on May 23, 2018, and had been in the incubator for 68 days. He shipped it overnight to me and it arrived this morning.

As I was carefully opening up my package I discovered that not only did the egg arrive perfectly fine, but the baby already started to hatch during the cross-country trip!

She is now in my incubator to finish hatching, which she is working on (I know it can take a few days).

Pretty amazing! Since she's a Russian I gave her a good Russian name, "Kapeka," which means "little stork." I'm very excited to add her to my tortoise family.

p.s. Her 3 clutch siblings also started to hatch today too!VideoCapture_20180731-161344.jpegVideoCapture_20180731-161438.jpegVideoCapture_20180731-161457.jpeg20180731_104022.jpeg20180731_162719.jpeg
 

daniellenc

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I bought a Russian Tortoise egg from Randy Betz at Tortstork. He usually ships tortoise eggs within 48 of when they were laid, but we tried something different with mine.

This egg was laid on May 23, 2018, and had been in the incubator for 68 days. He shipped it overnight to me and it arrived this morning.

As I was carefully opening up my package I discovered that not only did the egg arrive perfectly fine, but the baby already started to hatch during the cross-country trip!

She is now in my incubator to finish hatching, which she is working on (I know it can take a few days).

Pretty amazing! Since she's a Russian I gave her a good Russian name, "Kapeka," which means "little stork." I'm very excited to add her to my tortoise family.

p.s. Her 3 clutch siblings also started to hatch today too!View attachment 246811View attachment 246812View attachment 246813View attachment 246815View attachment 246817
That’s very interesting I had no clue people sold eggs!
 

CarolM

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I bought a Russian Tortoise egg from Randy Betz at Tortstork. He usually ships tortoise eggs within 48 of when they were laid, but we tried something different with mine.

This egg was laid on May 23, 2018, and had been in the incubator for 68 days. He shipped it overnight to me and it arrived this morning.

As I was carefully opening up my package I discovered that not only did the egg arrive perfectly fine, but the baby already started to hatch during the cross-country trip!

She is now in my incubator to finish hatching, which she is working on (I know it can take a few days).

Pretty amazing! Since she's a Russian I gave her a good Russian name, "Kapeka," which means "little stork." I'm very excited to add her to my tortoise family.

p.s. Her 3 clutch siblings also started to hatch today too!View attachment 246811View attachment 246812View attachment 246813View attachment 246815View attachment 246817
OMW that is so cool.
 

SweetGreekTorts

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Well, Kapeka pretty much told me she was sick and tired of the incubator by climbing to the top of her deli cup. Her yolk sac is absorbed now and her belly is closed up, so she has been moved into her new enclosure for the next few months.

Very active today!

And I added a camera so I can check in on her at any time.20180803_150355.jpeg20180803_153417.jpeg20180803_151914.jpegScreenshot_20180803-153448_iSmartViewPro.jpeg
 

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