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RE: box turtle egg incubation, help!!!!!!

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Posted by: norristhenut at Sat Feb 5 12:39:37 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by norristhenut ]  
   

Last summer I incubated 4 box turtle eggs here are a couple photos of the setup I used. A 10 gallon aquarium and a small Tupperware dish to float the eggs in and a tank heater I kept at exactly 84 degrees. I sprayed the Vermiculite every ounce a week lightly and cracked the wooden the freshen up the air. The wooden top was not a tight fit, I figured this would let it breath a little and every time I cracked it you could fell the humidity. The eggs cracked open around 70 days and a day for each turtle to come out. One egg collapsed a week later, so I had three baby boxies that was in August I have hibernated them in side in a small wooden container and check them every 3 to 4 days with a gentle poke for movement. That has seemed to work for the past 3 plus months until a few weeks ago when two of the babies died. The reaming baby I have moved to a terrarium complete with heat and humidity for sake off another word she looks good she occupies the terrarium with another baby from last year who is about a year and a half.
This years clutch after they have a successful incubation I plan on putting in the terrarium to give them a head start through the winter and hibernating them in a few years.
Good luck with your incubation efforts.

Alan





   

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