On May 1st 2004 the female laid eggs. I am keeping them at room temperature and the eggs should hatch
between 60 - 90 days. The male and female copulated a number of times and the eggs should be fertile. These are the
first ever produced eggs by this 'couple'. She is not a huge full grown female and her eggs were not as big as from
the bigger females. Also, some were nice and spherical, some were a bit oval. Let's cross fingers and
hope they will hatch !
July 6th 2004 - I carefully checked the eggs after illuminating them with bright light, and the first 'miracle' egg showed some blood vessels
inside, which means it's alive ! It feels heavy and solid and if all goes well there should be a little turtle hatching in a month or so. Lets cross
fingers ! The other three eggs I am not sure. There is one more that might be ok too, but the other two seem to have nothing inside. Time will tell...
December 12th 2004 - three of the eggs were fertile but the little turtles growing in them unfortunately, due to the
unsuspected increase in the temperature, died. Such things happen, and many herp breeders go throught this.
I am sad because they are gone, but at the end they will educate many people about their biology and
as the result of this they will safe many turtle lives.
I have taken few photos of the embryos. Check them out here