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Discussion in 'Tortoises' started by SurvivorSteph, Feb 5, 2008.

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  1. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    I JUST got a call from my mother saying that Rita, one of our recent additions (sulcata) has dug a hole and is laying eggs!!! Mom's beside herself and is *supposed* to be taking pictures.

    It's 4:55 pm in California right now, and we have 4 eggs so far. I'll update tomorrow night... :)

    off to class now.
  2. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    thats pretty cool. looking forward to pics! :)
  3. Lyn

    Lyn Elite Member

    Awesome Steph....does this make you an auntie??? LOL....Congrats!
  4. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Wow, sweet news!! Cant wait to see pics.
  5. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    how neat!
  6. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Awesome! So when are we having a HC BBQ on the tortoise ranch?
  7. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    congrats! Thats very exciting!:)
  8. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Fantastic! Congratulations! :)
  9. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    Well, we're not keeping them. :( There are just too many unwanted/abandoned animals for us to justify incubating them.

    BUT here are some pictures...

    Rita "in the position"

    One Dozen Eggs!

    Cleaned up

    Hand comparison

    We put them in the freezer tonight.
  10. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    Thats cool Steph. And a wise decision, though sad.
  11. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    I totally understand where you are coming from,, I would not incubate them either,, it is so sad that there are not enough good homes!
    A neat experience though to see.
  12. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    Hard decision but the right one...boy thats tough.
    Cool looking eggs Ive never seen them before:)
  13. smallgrayfox

    smallgrayfox Contributing Member

    Oh :( That's sad, but it is totally understandable. You're right, of course. There are way too many unwanted and abandoned animals already. They were very cool eggs though :)
  14. The JD

    The JD Elite Member

    How many sulcatas do you have?
  15. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    We (they're actually my mom's) have six. Three are very large (around 100 pounds), two females, one male. The other three are much smaller (around 50 pounds), two males, one female). The little female is the one that laid the eggs.

  16. Jem_Scout

    Jem_Scout Elite Member

    That's so cool to see the eggs! I understand about not keeping them though. I wish more people would be as wise as you are...
  17. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I agree! I see Sulcatas available around here all the time.
    Where the heck are they going to keep one in Oklahoma in the winter!
    At least our local herp shop has a sign on the tank that reads,...
  18. Tammy

    Tammy Subscribed User Premium Member

    That is just the neatest thing. I loved the pics. I can't even imagine the size hole a turtle that size can dig in the yard! LOL I also support your decision to freeze the eggs. You can always donate them to a vet for research too!
  19. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    very neat!
  20. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    they just dont sell them around here,, thankfully. I am not sure though if Seattle does somewhere. However they are on the internet everywhere.
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