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RE: ALDABRA TORTOISES

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Posted by: emysbreeder at Fri Oct 29 11:38:39 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by emysbreeder ]  
   

I have a queation about the ones you know of that were CB and produced offspring. Do you know if the second generation offspring were smaller/weighed less than what wild Aldab's do? Also have you noticed if your eggs have increased in numbers as they aged. Have you had any that started having fewer eggs but the eggs weighed more and the babies grew to a larger size by one year. The reason I am asking is this was the case with my second generation Manouria. The eggs and babies weighed half of what the female that had them weighed when she was born. It was a good size viable clutch, as was the following year but much smaller, higher mortallity, more week runts than from what I get from very old wild females that were adults when I got them 23 years ago. One breeders eggs increased in number each year for about 16 years and then had fewer eggs but much heaver,as were the babies, which at the one year point weighed twice as much as offspring from past clutches did with the same males. We have a long way to go before we cross any finish line for the survival of tortoises. Vic Morgan






   

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