Hi all, it's been a very long night for me so far, considering my days (Mon-Fri) start at 2:45am! I'm still awake with coffee in hand sitting outside on a very gusty and overcast 10 degree night to share with you all a couple of very ordinary but at the same time, very special images of an event that has never before been witnessed (by you all) or shared by me... One of my captive Flaviemys purvisi - (Manning River turtles) is nesting right now in my newly constructed outdoor laying area. I've had some late nights this past week with this extremely pedantic turtle trying to trigger her into nesting and to say I'm physically and mentally exhausted is an understatement but I'm over the moon that she's getting the job done tonight. A misty rain is just starting to fall now. I'm going to be up a while longer yet. --- Automatic Post Merged, Nov 2, 2019, Original Post Date: Nov 1, 2019 --- She'd finally finished sealing off and covering her nest chamber around 12:15am this morning. I quickly retrieved her from the outdoor pit and placed her back in her indoor aquarium and set about digging up her eggs. Once they were in my incubator I headed straight for bed. 10 eggs were laid in total but unfortunately the very first two in the bottom of the nest chamber, (the last ones I retrieved) were cracked open. She might have not caught the second one as she released it before it fell onto the first one and cracked them both. Nonetheless 8 eggs were deemed OK. I took this photo just a few minutes ago only after 4 hours of incubation and visible banding is already noticeable in egg #6... hopefully there's at least 3 or 4 that are viable. Flaviemys purvisi don't breed every year so every one counts. If all goes well, any little ones that develop should start emerging around day 60 which will be December 30th, the day before the ELN eggs that were laid last Sunday.