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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hatching Help!

I made a HUGE post but it all got deleted on accident by myself!
Long story short:
WHEN do I out my freshly hatched RES into water?
I want to start off 0.5" depth then 1", water is 80'F and UVB/UVB
The baby started hatching on the 25th, two days ago. I incubated higher temp for a female, she still has a little bit of yolk almost done absorbing.
I read on multiple sites to put the baby in water right away, and others to wait 3 weeks until plastron closes up. My baby is currently in a Tupperware with a warm moist towel, I will post photos!
In the photo, taken last night. The yolk has absorbed a little more since then. (
Don't worry in the photo, I rarely hold her, I just needed some photos~ gentle hands!)
Currently, as I type this, he baby wants to already bask, the yolk is almost gone but not closed up yet.
Again, I just want to know WHEN is a safe time for water? ^o^ Thank you!!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-28-2014, 09:33 AM
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Sorry... if you are hatching eggs with an incubator I think you know more about turtles than I do. But having said that... think about "in nature". RES ARE native to some areas of the USA... Texas I think is one of them. What do they do when they hatch in nature? Probably head for water within a certain amount of time... could be minutes, hours or days depending on the creature. It's just nature. Think of Sea Turtles... they head straight for water in minutes. What does this species do when they hatch? That will be the answer you need.
Hoping someone else can answer this. If no one answers, pm justatwinturbo as I know he breeds A LOT of turtles. Please come back here and post your answer if you don't get it here. We can all learn something new here!!

Oh ya,... what a little sweetie!! Good luck with "her".

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Sorry... if you are hatching eggs with an incubator I think you know more about turtles than I do. But having said that... think about "in nature". RES ARE native to some areas of the USA... Texas I think is one of them. What do they do when they hatch in nature? Probably head for water within a certain amount of time... could be minutes, hours or days depending on the creature. It's just nature. Think of Sea Turtles... they head straight for water in minutes. What does this species do when they hatch? That will be the answer you need.
Hoping someone else can answer this. If no one answers, pm justatwinturbo as I know he breeds A LOT of turtles. Please come back here and post your answer if you don't get it here. We can all learn something new here!!

Oh ya,... what a little sweetie!! Good luck with "her".

I incubated for a higher temp for a female so for now I say "she", I'll be just as thrilled if it ends up being a male!
I was thinking of what they would do in nature, well, they hatch, which takes a while, just like baby chicks! It's a very tiring situation so they take naps constantly. Then they have to dig out of the ground, depending the area they were laid, how crowded and deep, may take a awhile, but thinking the yolk has to absorb I'd imagine the baby turtles getting substrate stuck in the yolk, for it to close up and cause infection.(wouldn't it?) but I know tons of people who have experience in this but just aren't online to awnser my question!
This is my first time incubating, (and my last, I just wanted one baby from my female) but, I have made up my mind! I'm deciding to keep the baby in the warm moist towel until the plastron closes completely. By the rate it has been going, I suspect tomorrow it will be closed. Then I will add her to actual water!
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Now see I just learned a whole lot from this thread. Thank You. I couldn't figure out how they could exist for so long underground and then pop out of the ground as a group and take off running. So likely they hatch in the nest together and after their bodies have consumed the yolk and grow stronger...and as you say the plastron closes they dig their way out together. Sort of? There's a timing thing happening which is probably dictated by hormones and such and the moons for all we know! And the youngest/latest to hatch might present itself out of the nest still with tooth and yolk sac.. I've heard of that too. Interesting. All makes sense now!!

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Now see I just learned a whole lot from this thread. Thank You. I couldn't figure out how they could exist for so long underground and then pop out of the ground as a group and take off running. So likely they hatch in the nest together and after their bodies have consumed the yolk and grow stronger...and as you say the plastron closes they dig their way out together. Sort of? There's a timing thing happening which is probably dictated by hormones and such and the moons for all we know! And the youngest/latest to hatch might present itself out of the nest still with tooth and yolk sac.. I've heard of that too. Interesting. All makes sense now!!

I know that the eggs themselves are half turtle and half (some sites say yolk and others say air) but when the yolk absorbs, the egg pores suck up more air and moisture to keep the babies oxygenated and hydrated. Plus, they have a very low heart rate and oxygen consuming level! Perfect for digging their way up! I don't know EVERYTHING about turtle hatchlings, but it does make sense!
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