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    Thread: Got turtle eggs. Now what?

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      Quote Originally Posted by stevek View Post
      I seem to remember an article I read many years ago that said the embryo " sets " in the egg after 24-48 hours , and if you change the position after that, it can kill the embryo. When the egg is being laid, it has to be flexible, since the egg may roll around in the nest until it settles into a position. Once it settles in, the embryo then becomes fixed in a certain position. This is why some scientists mark eggs with a magic marker so that they keep the orientation the same as in the nest.

      When I was a teenager, I walked to school and had to walk by a pond that had a large population of snappers and painted turtles. At nesting time, they would come out and lay their eggs, and sometimes I would watch and wait until they were finished. I'd bring the eggs home, and put them in the dirt next to the house. Most hatched, but I typically got them within the first day, and didn't know about the embryo position issue at the time.
      I do remember there was very high predation of the eggs at the pond, as many nests were discovered by skunks or raccoons, and I'd see all the broken shells scattered about on my morning school trip.
      Thanks, Steve for the big relief!
      I read about the marking pen, but I'd already moved the eggs.
      I got them into tupperware within 3 hours and carefully reburied correct side up within 14 hours.
      They're inside netted pond, no mammal predators, no crows. I did see a frog sitting on the nest yesterday.
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      The World - 9 Turtle Eggs = OK

      Its been a long time since I've been in school but I think that formula is correct
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      It's nine (9) eggs. world still okay?



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      Quote Originally Posted by Koigrl View Post
      It's nine (9) eggs. world still okay?
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      I told you its been a while since I've been in school.....
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      Angry I blame max

      I was repotting some plants and dug up some lizard eggs :ugh:
      I buried them in the flower bed...hopefully not upside down.
      I think they are skink eggs because two jumped out of the pot while I was digging
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      Okay, if my calculations are correct the hatch date should be around September 1. We will anxiously await the arrival of the hatchlings, unless you placed them in the hole which leads under the pond to the underworld! From pink skunks to bird shelters to turtle mama you are a fun friend!
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      Sept. 1 is the due date, and now have expanded Turtle Park. :yes:

      Rain, I like the direction you're going in. Planting eggs! And a new trend is born.

      Frank, thanks for the due date on the prospective turtle hatch. I'd forgotten to put down the special day, but the eggs were properly buried, high side of the pond, inside the netting, three feet from the water. I think if Mom Turtle knew, she'd approve.

      Below, another mama painted turtle outside the net, digging hole with a fly on her back. She was recaptured and returned before she did her job of putting her eggs in harm's way.

      But wait.
      There's more.

      The pond's population of painted turtles have very little margin inside the nets to lay eggs or even to sun themselves properly. A couple of weeks ago, a huge storm blew down a locust tree and presented an opportunity to expand Turtle World for the better.

      Below, Fred and Sean install the new sunning log. Later, we moved it so it got more sun. Various pond residents have enjoyed the log, and last, see turtles sunning, just snapped.

      We're working now on a egg-laying box and will post soon.
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      if you want to hatch turtle eggs . Get a big coffee can with the plastic snap on lid, paper towels or paper napkins. Get eggs (keep them the same angle you found them . Dampen towels (dampen not soak them). layer the eggs between the moist paper. Shredded news paper works also. Poke holes in lid for air. put lid on and put someplace safe and warm not hot. Eggs need to be moist the whole time. Moist not wet. Take lid off to check on them ,to remoisten and to get fresh air in. I kept mine under my bed . My Mom loved me. We had box turtles running out of our ears when I was a kid.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Thumper Dunker View Post
      if you want to hatch turtle eggs . Get a big coffee can with the plastic snap on lid, paper towels or paper napkins. Get eggs (keep them the same angle you found them . Dampen towels (dampen not soak them). layer the eggs between the moist paper. Shredded news paper works also. Poke holes in lid for air. put lid on and put someplace safe and warm not hot. Eggs need to be moist the whole time. Moist not wet. Take lid off to check on them ,to remoisten and to get fresh air in. I kept mine under my bed . My Mom loved me. We had box turtles running out of our ears when I was a kid.

      Thanks for the advice and the entertainment.
      I already planted them a couple inches down, about two feet from the waters' edge and i think the rain and the moist area around the pond should do the trick, but at this stage, I don't think it's safe to mess with them, again. If they hatch, I'll post their baby pix.
      Your mom. What a cool woman.



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