|Lady, digging a nest hole outside, and in the pic below, her 3 eggs.|
Well, she got really serious about digging nest holes yesterday, and again this morning, and finally this afternoon she laid 2 big, beautiful eggs. One weighs 34g, one weighs 30g (the big one came first). She was absolutely exhausted after that. After a good soak she is now dug in for the night.
|Amber digging her nest hole by the basking spot, and her eggs.|
I should mention that breeding Russian tortoises is more involved than just throwing together a male and a female. This was the first year I got eggs, and I believe there is a direct correlation with the following factors:
- The tortoises hibernated this winter
- The tortoises spent the Spring and Summer outside. This means they had LOTS of space to roam, good fresh and varied food, and plenty of natural sunshine.
- I added a second male to my 6 girls. Roz is a cutie, but he strangely is only interested in my Timmy girl. He ignores other females. The new captive-bred male Duke
is a rapistis not as choosy. Clearly he has "done his job" fertilizing these eggs.
- The tortoises had constant access to cuttlefish bone, which they helped themselves to generously.
- The females (and males) are in excellent health, and at a good, healthy weight.
|One of this Spring's hatchlings|
Stay tuned for hatch announcements, which are sure to come throughout the next weeks and months!