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RE: Galapagos tortoise hatchlings

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Posted by: EJ at Sat Nov 12 11:12:10 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by EJ ]  
   

I'm pretty convinced that it has to do with the size of the female that deposited the eggs and the number of eggs deposited. I've seen this in leopards and egyptian tortoises.

I would like to know the size of the female when she produced her first viable eggs.

Did you know the average size of a female Aldabra (on the island of Aldabra) is roughly 200 lbs. They reproduce at that size in the wild.

>>EJ, Different species but My Mt.Tortoises second gen. offspring were smaller than the first gen. Now that she is on the 3rd. season the babies are getting heaver. The best discovery was that the hatch rate and over all size and fitness improved to the best I could expect. Vic
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