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My Female Libyian Greek Finally Laid Eggs


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#21 Guest_egyptiandan64_*

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 12:29 PM

Sounds right to me T.T. Well the last egg started chalking this morning, so that makes 4 out of 4 fertile.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 01:42 PM

look forward to seeing the pics when they hatch, out of interest how long now before they hatch ???

rgds
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 01:56 PM

Thats great news Dan. Congratulations.


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Posted 02 March 2006 - 07:32 PM

It should be around 70 days Darren. I can't wait to take pictures either.

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 07:37 PM

Excuse the ignorance but what does Chalking mean!

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 07:51 PM

Thats a good question Viv. Chalking means an egg is fertile. It describes the color a fertile egg turns, chalk white. It usually starts as a small spot on top of the egg that slowly gets bigger to cover the whole egg. So chalking is the process of turning white.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for that, is it a creamy colour then when laid, and then goes the chalky white colour? Its very clever isnt it?

This torty keeping is a science on its own!

Viv


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Posted 02 March 2006 - 08:44 PM

They usually start out a yellowish or pinkish color. Who ever thought that up was very clever.

It is a science of it's own!

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 08:34 AM

Is it true that a female holds onto the males sprem and can lay again next year without having to mate. ??




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Posted 03 March 2006 - 03:00 PM

It's possible Darren, but with most tortoises it just works for the current laying season. My female Libyian could lay another clutch of eggs without the male breeding again and have most of them be fertile. By next year though that wouldn't happen. Storing sperm usually happens with turtles that have a fall breeding season, like box turtles and North American wood turtles.
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Posted 03 March 2006 - 04:33 PM

Thanks for that,

Rgds
Darren


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Posted 03 March 2006 - 05:31 PM

Yeah Its really Intresting! ;)


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