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RE: Galapagos tortoise hatchlings

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Posted by: jerry d. fife at Tue Nov 15 09:16:17 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jerry d. fife ]  
   

My females are still fairly small at 28". The eggs were about 2" long so a 2.5" hatchling is actually larger than the egg is long. The tortoises are folded in half in the egg and as they grow and unfold, they kind of shatter the egg.

The size of the eggs & hatchlings is often dependent on the size of the female. In other species I have some larger females which lay larger sized eggs resulting in larger hatchlings, however not all lay larger eggs.

I found records of galop hatchlings weighing 50 to 95 grams, so mine which ranged from about 65-75 grams are pretty much in the middle of the range.


   

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