Today our greek tortoise layed 6 eggs!
Last week our female tortoise Beaubeau (about 30 years old) has been running around being somehow quite nervous and restless – a sure sign she was about laying her eggs soon. It had been rainy and quite cold those days, to cold to lay eggs, as warm temperatures and bright weather are needed to do so. So, finally today, saturday, it became quite hot again here in Vienna and in the afternoon the right time had come: our Beaubeau started digging!
It takes about one or even two hours to dig a hole of the right size and depth, the egg laying takes about 10 or 15 minutes and then it lasts another three quarters of an hour to close the hole in a way you wouldn‘t see any sign of a previous digging and egg laying. It‘s amazing.
My work – as the climate in Vienna is too cold for eggs to hatch – is now to dig out all eggs with caution (the position of reptile eggs must not be changed) and put them into a incubator at a temperature of about 32-33 degrees Celsius for 55-62 days.