Second clutch for the season

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  1. Flaviemys purvisi

    Flaviemys purvisi Very Well-Known Member

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    Well it's now 7 weeks pretty much to the day since my ELN laid her first clutch for the season. Her first clutch contained 7 eggs of which 4 were viable and 3 were infertile. Those 4 are due to start hatching from Monday January 14th
    https://www.aussiepythons.com/forum/threads/first-clutch-for-the-season.223465/

    She has just finished laying her second clutch, 8 eggs this time and it's still early in the season so there's still time for a third in 6-8 weeks time. This lot, if fertile will be due to start hatching from March 7th.


    The female was acting erratically this evening around 4:30pm, looking to exit her aquarium. I placed her in a nesting box with a 6 inch deep substrate of mixed compacted earth and sand - facing west into the afternoon sun... She started excavating her nest immediately and commenced laying.
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    8 eggs, 3 tiny ones - runts. 20190102_174337.jpg
    Clutch set up in vermiculite & water 1:1 20190102_174723.jpg
    Into the incubator - 28 degrees C. Will observe for banding/chalking over the next 10 days.
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    Now I can relax and wait for the third clutch in approximately 6-8 weeks time. :D
    --- Automatic Post Merged, Jan 3, 2019, Original Post Date: Jan 2, 2019 ---
    After just 12 hours of incubation, eggs # 2,4,& 5 have already started banding. Looking good so far.
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    --- Automatic Post Merged, Jan 3, 2019 ---
    After 24 hours of incubation, another 2 eggs have banded. Eggs # 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 are fertile. Still no signs of banding on the smallest 3.
    ...Waiting anxiously.
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    --- Automatic Post Merged, Jan 4, 2019 ---
    After 36 hours in the incubator, a 6th egg, (one of the 3 runts) has started banding... that is going to be one extremely small Chelodina longicollis hatchling.
    6 out of 8 so far, already better than her 1st clutch (4/7). Have high hopes for the final 2.
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    --- Automatic Post Merged, Jan 4, 2019 ---
    100% viable. :D
    After 48 hours in the incubator, all 8 eggs in the second clutch have banded. The young new Chelodina longicollis pairing has been a complete success. Wooo
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    Sdaji Almost Legendary

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    Wow! So cool! After decades of playing with reptiles I've only just learned now that turtles double clutch! Congratulations and well done :)
     
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    Thanks man... ELN actually triple clutch... she'll lay again in 6-8 weeks then she'll be done until next November. ;)
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Always exciting when I get to learn something new about reptiles and I'm amazed this eluded me for so long! Sharing information is the best thing about these forums :)
     
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    Well it's that long awaited time again. Day #64 for clutch #2 and there's movement at the station. 1 out, 7 to go. :D
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    --- Automatic Post Merged, Mar 8, 2019, Original Post Date: Mar 6, 2019 ---
    Day #66 sees two more little one's entering the big wild world. 3 out, 5 to go.
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    --- Automatic Post Merged, Mar 11, 2019 ---
    A few more little rascals arriving yesterday and today.
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    A couple of them are absolutely TINY!
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    Only 1 left to hatch now and the last unhatched egg is even smaller. :D
     
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    So amazing. Thanks for posting such pictures. Lovely.
     
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    Wow that’s mad thx muchly
     
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    Great series of pictures, thanks for sharing the whole story :)
     
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