Y'all won't believe this.... Babies!!

txturtle13

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Ok, so I stumbled across a nest with open eggs... And then dug around and found one baby.... Then across the enclosure another one!!!

Any ideas on the best way to find them all???
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I need help!
 
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Aw, that's adorable! Dig near the eggs, dig deeper. Then look under things around. If they dug themselves out, they'll be looking for cover. Keep us posted.
 

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I'm still looking...
 
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Wow congratz..


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Well I found two babies total today. I will look again over the next few days. I brought them in to join the baby enclosure. I gave them a good soak, offered food (but they weren't hungry).

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They are a little smaller than Chuy. And it looks like their little yolk sack just came off recently.

I always read about other people finding babies, but I never thought I'd find any! I'm so excited :)
 
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Don't step on any!! I am picturing the contraption Rick Moranis built in "Honey I Shrunk the Kids," being used to keep the little turtles safe under you.
 

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:) I am so glad your day finally came to find some! What beautiful surprises they all, too. Congrats!!
 

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Remember to soak them two times a day. These babies need plenty of soaks and warmth.
 

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They have been soaked. Any ideas on the best way to find other babies if there are any? I think I found 4 empty eggs, and two babies. I also found a giant toad living in there too.

Dora (the mom) is in her bigger/newer enclosure. Where the babies are is our unused fire pit... So I really need to find them because we will want to start having Bon fires as it gets cooler.
 

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I was going to say the same thing, dont step on any. Get down on your hands and knees and start looking they are small and probably havent gone to far
 

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Thankfully I don't step into this enclosure. It was a not-yet-used fire pit we built, and it was Dora (the mama) temporary enclosure, while I was constructing her permanent enclosure.

This is what it looks like:
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It's empty now, as Dora is relocated to the permanent enclosure that's much larger.

I really want to make sure I find ALL babies! We will be having fires soon, and I want to make sure it's all cleared out.

Please, if anyone has any tips for finding them, it's greatly appreciated.

There is nothing in there for them to hide under. I believe they all would have to dig in. But I don't know how far down they typically dig.

I think these guys are about two weeks-one month old.


Here's mom:
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Here's the potential dad:
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Good for you. I would take the round wall apart, and carefully remove a couple inches of dirt in there to search.
 

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yagyujubei said:
Good for you. I would take the round wall apart, and carefully remove a couple inches of dirt in there to search.

I was afraid of that. My husband will be thrilled when he sees me taking apart our fire pit :| but it won't surprise him either...
 

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C'mon, it's not mortared as far as I can see. It'll be a breeze. Also, you won't feel guilty with every fire.
txturtle13 said:
yagyujubei said:
Good for you. I would take the round wall apart, and carefully remove a couple inches of dirt in there to search.

I was afraid of that. My husband will be thrilled when he sees me taking apart our fire pit :| but it won't surprise him either...
 

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yagyujubei said:
C'mon, it's not mortared as far as I can see. It'll be a breeze. Also, you won't feel guilty with every fire.
txturtle13 said:
yagyujubei said:
Good for you. I would take the round wall apart, and carefully remove a couple inches of dirt in there to search.

I was afraid of that. My husband will be thrilled when he sees me taking apart our fire pit :| but it won't surprise him either...

Haha you are so very right. Thankfully it isn't mortared. This will be my afternoon project :)

I will keep y'all posted!
 

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I have found a total of three empty egg shells, but just the two babies. I looked all afternoon, I'm not sure that there is a third baby
 

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