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Sunday September 9, 2012

Chelmsford, MA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: I had checked on him 10 minutes earlier and he looked cozy in his egg. Then, he was out! To drive me crazy, he made sure he crawled over a delicate 'brewing' egg (the right one) in front of me. He still cannot walk on his back legs, instead, he uses a clumsy swimming motion. It was so much fun seeing him move like a baby! I was really worried when he was still not out of his egg after four days. I learned later with a herpetologist that he probably hatched prematurely since he still had egg yolk attached to his plastron. For the record, he was born weighing 4 g (0.14 oz) and his shell measured 24 mm (just short of an inch) in length. The 'X' was marked on the eggs so the babies know which side is up.

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17. belletrouvaille
4:00 AM GMT on December 19, 2012
Oh, Dorothy, thank you for another video! The plowshare tortoise baby is so cute. Of course, "mine" are, too. One died (he wasn't eating at all), but nine still amuse me. My dog has been so jealous!
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15. belletrouvaille
2:10 AM GMT on October 31, 2012
Kim, thank you so much for checking him out! I am glad this shot brought you happy memories. I think it is impossible not to fall in love with baby turtles!
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14. hoecat
4:28 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
This little baby is sooooo adorable, my Dad used to raise Painted turtles when I was a teenager. That's when I fell in love with baby turtles :)
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13. belletrouvaille
3:35 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
Dorothy, thank you for coming back, I am loving this conversation with you! Yes, Tama has nine siblings (from the same mother) that hatched in my yard probably a month before him. I dug them out this past weekend and posted a few shots of them.
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12. Willow13
2:10 AM GMT on October 10, 2012
LOL! Thank You, Belle! I have your photos in my favorites and I guess I've just been lucky to find your updates by checking on your gallery from time to time to see how your little turtle nursery and Tama are coming along. :)

Nine more?? Do you have nine more babies? I thought Tama is an only child. ;-)
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11. belletrouvaille
12:13 AM GMT on October 09, 2012
Dorothy, tell me how you set up mail alerts when the word "turtle" comes up! :-) I can't believe you found my update so quickly after my being absent from the site for weeks! You are the sweetest, thank you so much for your continued interested in Tama! Yes, this is his name (it means ball in Japanese since he hatched so round), but now I will need help with nine more names starting with "T"!
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10. Willow13
4:43 PM GMT on October 07, 2012
I'm so excited to read your update, Belle!! I'm so happy your only child/hatchling is enjoying his/her playground! She's so fortunate that you found her!! I don't know as much about painted turtle survival rates, but only about 1 in 4000 loggerhead sea turtles make it to adulthood. That's why they have to lay so many eggs (100+ eggs per nest). Have you named your baby? If you haven't, maybe you could have a contest to name her/him.
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9. belletrouvaille
4:25 PM GMT on October 07, 2012
Oops, I forgot to give an update on the other eggs. After almost a month, I finally had the guts to check the other three eggs against a light and they looked just fuzzy... :-( The herpetologist told me that one possibility could have been that the other eggs were not fertilized since it was the second or maybe even the third batch (because of the time elapsed) of eggs that the painted turtle laid in my yard. I learned that painted turtles breed once in a season and store sperm to lay multiple batch of eggs. So, I only have one baby turtle from the batch I incubated. He is doing great and so much fun to watch. I didn't post more photos because he has been indoors since he went from the incubator to the nursery (right now, more like a playground) and the few ones I took outdoors when it was warm expired before I could post.
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8. belletrouvaille
3:37 PM GMT on October 07, 2012
Oh, dear Dorothy, thank you so much for checking on the baby while you were at the West Coast meet-up! I am so sorry for the delay of my response, there has been too much going on... I am so glad that you noticed my caption on the "X" on the eggs--I thought I needed something to go along with the baby vocabulary!

Bernard, what a lovely surprise to see that you also came back to check on the baby turtle. You are very right and I have more to say on survival of turtles in nature. Please stay tuned!
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7. Hotzenwaelder
9:12 AM GMT on October 03, 2012
It is positive that they have a good chance to reach adult age in captivity. In nature most of them end up as vittles for various birds and animals.
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6. Willow13
3:58 AM GMT on September 20, 2012
"The 'X' was marked on the eggs so the babies know which side is up."

HaHaHaHa ....:D
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5. Willow13
3:53 AM GMT on September 20, 2012
Awwww .... Thanks Soooo Much for sharing your turtle baby, Belle!! I'm still in Oregon and I'm using a borrowed laptop to check on the process of your little hatchling! You are the best turtle mommy!! I LOVE the baby pictures!
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4. belletrouvaille
12:13 AM GMT on September 19, 2012
Kathy, thank you so much for checking on the baby again! You see, you would have not missed a turtle hatching if you have had the chance to incubate an egg. As for the other eggs, the herpetologist told me the same thing but I haven't had the guts to do that. However, he said that it is not uncommon for eggs to hatch up to two weeks late from the first one. So, considering that I had a preemie... we will see.

Mary, I am so happy you stopped by! He is already crawling out of his crib and making a mess all over in the nursery!

Chrissy, thank you again for taking the time to follow the story unfold and read the entire baby diary. You are welcome to visit if you end up in my neck of woods!
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3. windchimes1
2:48 PM GMT on September 16, 2012
I have been watching this series unfold and have really enjoyed it. These little guys are truly amazing. Thank you for sharing this story with us.
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2. newenglandlight
1:12 PM GMT on September 16, 2012
Awesome series Belle! So glad to see this little one out of his shell and exploring the world!
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1. ChrisAnthemum
4:44 AM GMT on September 16, 2012
Interesting saga, Belle! I sure had no idea it took turtle eggs that long to hatch once the process was started. Was the yolk absorbed finally? Hope the back legs work better in a day or two. You might try gently feeling of the other eggs to see if you can feel the developing shells, or "candle" them with a flashlight as you would a chicken egg, to check on development inside.
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May 19, 2010: I carry my camera everywhere since I never know what I will encounter on my way. That is why I added "trouvaille" (good find) to my name. Didn't my dog find a good one to cuddle by? It had been a long sleep since I decided to post on WunderPhotos. (it still took me a month after I registered with it) This is more fun than Facebook! (though I have never had a Facebook account) Thank you for all your amazing photos that have inspired me day by day! Notes: 1. I don't edit my photos other than slight cropping, though I am aware of the old ways of changing results in the darkroom and admire what people can do nowadays on the computer. 2. With very few exceptions, I post photos in a series in chronological order from left to right and don't jump dates back and forth.

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