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#1 D Riddle

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:43 PM

This is my first eggs so I'm not sure if this is normal or not but one of the eggs seems to be swelling quit a bit. It's a pretty noticeable difference although you can't really tell buy the pictures.
The one that is swelling is in the bottom of the photo and has the most dirt on it.
Can anyone tell me if this is normal? This is day 53 of incubation.
Here is the environment information:
"Gettobator"
Humidity: Approx. 80%
Temperature: 83 degrees
Vermiculite: 3 inches
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:53 PM

I'm guessing that its a big hatchling that's ready to pip. Box turtles hatch between 60-80 days depending on incubating temps. If it was swelling due to water absorption, I would suspect the other 2 eggs would look the same. Did you candle the eggs?

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 03:21 PM

I've held a pen light to the side of the eggs but not under the eggs.
I really don't want to handle them any.
I think they are all viable though.
It's getting difficult to see anything in the eggs here lately (not much light shines thru).
The larger one seems to allow more light thru than the smaller ones though.
I'd hate to come this far and have one burst open to soon on me.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 07:08 AM

Box turtle eggs in normal outdoor nests hatch anywhere from between 60 to 120 days; it seems the 80 to 90 day mark is about the norm from my personal experience and postings I have seen over the years from others. Artificial incubation can speed that up because there are no temp flucutations and a constant humidity/temp level unless the incubator malfunctions. Swelling is normal in the days prior to hatching; however, it can also be a sign of too much water retention (i.e., eggs kept too wet/humidity too high) during incubation. Your humidity level and temp level are fine; you may just have a hatchling that may hatch early. Your only concern is that it may be premature if the egg "bursts." At this point you cannot reverse the process if it is too much water absorption but the odds are you will probably have a normal hatchling in several days. I would continue to incubate as you are doing and only handle if absolutely necessary. If you are afraid to candle the egg, if you lightly "jostle" the egg a bit with your fingertip, you might see movement of the egg or in the egg. Some fertile boxie eggs are really "bouncy". I would continue to incubate as you are doing and just watch and monitor.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:49 PM

Came home from work today and this is what I found.

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Only day 54.
Hope they do OK.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 04:45 PM

Congrats...I thought that one was ready. :) The other 2 shouldn't be too far behind.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 09:20 AM

Did they all hatch?

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:18 PM

Yes. They all hatched and knock on wood they are all doing well.
Here are some pics of feeding time.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:43 AM

Grats!

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 06:08 PM

So cute!!

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 08:15 AM

Great pix and good feedback from the forum throughout the process. Congrats, "Dad".

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 07:26 AM

Yay! who doesnt love a little boxie!




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