One more baby turtle in 2012

19 Nov

About 2 weeks ago I was surprised by the hatching of one more baby Red-eared Slider.
I had brought in 4 eggs that were laid June 24 and I put those eggs in their “incubator” in our basement. It’s a little cooler down there, of course, and it was immediately clear that 2 of the 4 eggs were not developing. Two eggs stayed full looking, and I wondered how long it might take. I had pretty much given up on the possibility of another baby but this little guy popped out one day! The final egg began shriveling and when I opened it had not developed at all.
The new baby was so much weaker than the ones that hatched in 60-some days (in a previous clutch). I thought this little guy might not make it but after 3 days he started nibbling on food and now is tearing around his tank looking hungry for crushed snails and bits of fish and shrimp.

The new baby is basking on the rock and I am holding one of the babies that was born earlier this summer.

Here’s one of the older babies in comparison to his Mom.

What I have learned is that it’s best to keep those turtle eggs in the low 80’s (Farenheit) instead of the low 70’s. This new baby turtle was in the egg over 4 months!!

7 Responses to “One more baby turtle in 2012”

  1. becomingcliche November 20, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    At the zoo, they don’t even throw away eggs until they are really sure that nothing will develop (sometimes that is months after they were supposed to hatch). Sometimes the little guys will surprise you!

    • fishtanx2011 November 20, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      But I did feel bad keeping them in a cooler spot, and this one does seem weaker because of it. Also I was able to put the others outdoors this summer to bask in natural sunlight for a few hours each day. This one gets a UVB bulb. It’s too cold outside.

      • becomingcliche November 20, 2012 at 11:20 am #

        It is definitely harder to raise babies in winter. The colder incubation temperature definitely slows down development, but lots of times the babies are hardier because of it.

      • fishtanx2011 November 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

        I am using a10.0 UVB bulb on this baby but I believe nothing comes close to natural sunshine.

  2. natureintheburbs November 21, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    So cute! Glad it hatched.

    • fishtanx2011 November 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

      He’s doing better every day! I’ll crush a snail and he’ll paddle over to it and munch away. Once he starts eating pellet food I hope to find him a good home.

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