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#1 JjayApril


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 04:45 PM

Hi All,


I'm posting this on behalf of a neighbour. He's an elderly chap so can't access the forum.


Anyway, he has a tortoise (Hermann I believe) who is around 40-50 years old. The tortoise is kept outside and believed to be a female. Recently our neighbour has noticed that she is digging down into the soil with her rear legs. He took her to the vet to check her checked out, and following an X-ray: 




Now there are a few questions our neighbour has (and we've not been able to help with) so I wanted to ask them here:


1. She's not been near a male tortoise, she's kept in an enclosed garden, is it possible for her to have eggs without male presence?


2. Our neighbour would like to do all he can to help her lay the eggs, what can he do to assist? He is thinking of moving her into an indoor enclosure?


3. How can we deal with them if/after they're laid, is it relatively easy or?


Thanks in advance for any help or advice.



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 05:38 PM

As she is digging, she is not likely to retain the eggs. They are not overcalcified, so no need to induce and they can carry them through hibernation anyway. Don't move her to another area unless she can't dig where she is, as then she will retain them. They do not dig until they have a familiar area, preferably outdoors. They cannot Kay indoors anyway unless they have soil deeper than they are long. If there is a sunny diggable spot she will lay on a good sunny day. If you hang about while they are digging they will often abandon a nest and try another day, so observe from a distance. You need an incubator once they are laid at 30-32 degrees and a humidity of over 60% don't turn the eggs, they must be kept the same way up. If she's not been with a male for several years though they are best discarded as wont hatch anyway..

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