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Painted turtle eggs

Post by Doctorni » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00



Hey People ! i have a little question here. my lil sister went out today to
a pond/lake and found some turtle eggs, so, being the child that she is,
took them home in a margarine container wil dirt, she says she didn't roll
them around. so, at this moment, i have them under  a heat light that is
about 2 feet about the eggs. i have them exposed, what substrait should i
use? vermiculite?  ( or however you speel it) also, what should the humidity
be?      how long should it take them to hatch? i'm assuming they havent
been tere for too long.

your help is much appreciated.

Justin

 
 
 

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Post by Lgslot9 » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Justin   The best substrate is moist vermiculite - maybe 30%moist.  you don't
want it too wet.  And I'd put them half way in the vermiculita and cover the
container.  Every couple of days, check the container to see how moist they
are.  If it seems dry, give them a few sprays with water.  The idea here is to
keep the eggs constantly moist and not let them dry out. I guess the heat lamp
might be ok on top but is there any way you could heat the eggs from the bottom
so this bright light isn't shining on them all the time.  Or is it one of the
infrared heat lamps that doesn't give off much light?  Let me know how you make
out.   Gerry
 
 
 

Painted turtle eggs

Post by Doctorni » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Gerry, currently, i have them in some moist dirt/soil stuff in which they
were originally laid. that mix of stuff in in a margerine container,
convered by a larger plastic container turned upside down over top of it to
form a heat/humidity keeping sheild. as for the lighting, i am using a
60watt night light.. like one of them black lights for "noctournal viewing
of your animal"
i shall keep you posted later on.

how long does it usually take for them to hatch? i think these arent more
then a few days old.     cause there were more turtles on the shore laying
them.. i know this because i was in the boat catching  them  ( then
releasing them of course)
 you know how hard they are to sneak up on and catch by hand?? lol.. pain in
the butt. but a good way to waste an afternoon :-)

Later!
Justin


Quote:
> Justin   The best substrate is moist vermiculite - maybe 30%moist.  you
don't
> want it too wet.  And I'd put them half way in the vermiculita and cover
the
> container.  Every couple of days, check the container to see how moist
they
> are.  If it seems dry, give them a few sprays with water.  The idea here
is to
> keep the eggs constantly moist and not let them dry out. I guess the heat
lamp
> might be ok on top but is there any way you could heat the eggs from the
bottom
> so this bright light isn't shining on them all the time.  Or is it one of
the
> infrared heat lamps that doesn't give off much light?  Let me know how you
make
> out.   Gerry

 
 
 

Painted turtle eggs

Post by Derek Hal » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Just a Warning! don't flip the eggs over at all!  if you do or if they have
been flipped the embryo will be crushed and the eggs will become rotten in a
couple days.
Good luck with the little guys!

Derek Hall

Quote:

>Gerry, currently, i have them in some moist dirt/soil stuff in which they
>were originally laid. that mix of stuff in in a margerine container,
>convered by a larger plastic container turned upside down over top of it to
>form a heat/humidity keeping sheild. as for the lighting, i am using a
>60watt night light.. like one of them black lights for "noctournal viewing
>of your animal"
>i shall keep you posted later on.

>how long does it usually take for them to hatch? i think these arent more
>then a few days old.     cause there were more turtles on the shore laying
>them.. i know this because i was in the boat catching  them  ( then
>releasing them of course)
> you know how hard they are to sneak up on and catch by hand?? lol.. pain
in
>the butt. but a good way to waste an afternoon :-)

>Later!
>Justin



>> Justin   The best substrate is moist vermiculite - maybe 30%moist.  you
>don't
>> want it too wet.  And I'd put them half way in the vermiculita and cover
>the
>> container.  Every couple of days, check the container to see how moist
>they
>> are.  If it seems dry, give them a few sprays with water.  The idea here
>is to
>> keep the eggs constantly moist and not let them dry out. I guess the heat
>lamp
>> might be ok on top but is there any way you could heat the eggs from the
>bottom
>> so this bright light isn't shining on them all the time.  Or is it one of
>the
>> infrared heat lamps that doesn't give off much light?  Let me know how
you
>make
>> out.   Gerry

 
 
 

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Post by LLG RN19 » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Water turtle eggs need high ambient humidity. Do not let them dry out for even
a short time. It will kill them. See my website for an easy makeshift incubator
for water turtles.
  Good luck with them! Hatchlings are just so cute.

Lori
Assistant Director
TortoiseAid International
Wild Caught?  I Think NOT!

Website: Turtle World
http://members.aol.com/turtle2267/index.one.html

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Post by William Dail I » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00


My incubator setup is cheap but effective!
I use a plastic storage box with 2 1/2" of water in the bottom. An
aquarium water heater to heat the water. A small plastic square bowl
that sits on top of a brick to elevate it inside the water box just a
bit. The inside bowl has moist beach sand and a tall wine glass in it.
The cover is made of saran wrap that drapes down from the top of the
wine glass to the edge of the water box. This allows the condensed water
to drain safely back into the water bowl. I leave 2 small openings in
the saran wrap for air circulation. The inside of this setup stays
between 80 - 90 F, and humidity stays around 55%. The whole setup costs
roughly $25, and has worked well for the last 3 years!

Good luck wih your new arrival!