Tortoises are wonderful creatures to have as pets. They make no noise, they are slow, and they mind their own business. Egyptian tortoises are the smallest of the tortoise family and are mainly found in the Northern Hemisphere. They have adapted over the years to the dry conditions of the lands as there are only approximately 50mm of rain in the area every year. Their little size lets them heat up quickly in the sun which helps them as the color yellow reduces heat that is absorbed from the sun. They are cute little guys that are used to the harsh conditions of the world, but can be taken in as pets and taught otherwise.
Egyptian tortoises are known to be herbivores as they feed on things like fruit, grass, and desert plants. They are most active during warm months and are quieter and subdued when it is very hot or very cold. Midday is the time the tortoise would be the most active in the colder months, where as in the hotter months you will find them more active in the late afternoon or early morning and the rest of the day being the hottest they will be hiding in bushes and burrows. They are careful when it comes to weather conditions as they cannot function in extreme conditions.
There are many different reptile incubators one can use when they want to hatch Egyptian tortoises. Ideal incubators will have settings like temperature control, alarm functionality, humidity control, Celsius and Fahrenheit interchangeable and manual settings for mode reptile’s incubation. The incubator should have easy functions that include a large view window, dual structured container, water supplement alarm, easy disassembling of body for cleaning and more. Hatching Egyptian tortoises is quite a procedure, but as long as you know what you are doing there should not be a problem. However, you have to understand that great care and dedication has to be put into the hatching of these little creatures.
The mating season for these tortoises is in the early spring when the weather has become slightly warmer. The female tortoise is able to lay anything up to four or five eggs, and they will do so in a bush or a burrow but under the sand. The eggs will hatch in early autumn otherwise in summer. When hatching in an incubator they are likely to be well when they are born, and as long as they are looked after correctly they should be fine. The young tortoises usually mature in about five years where they can grow up to about 15cm in length.
If you have Egyptian tortoises that you would like to hatch in an incubator, consider yourself lucky as they are in fact endangered in most places and are almost completely extinct in countries like Egypt. The two main reasons why this is happening are because of the illegal pet trade and habitat destruction. If these threats are not eliminated it is likely to end up with Egyptian tortoises being completely extinct in about twenty years time.
Suzie O’Connor is the owner of Chickenhousesplus.com which carries a catalog of Homemade Chicken Coops, Chicken Egg Incubators, Reptile Incubators and Fertile Chicken Eggs designed to assist anyone that wants to have their own backyard flock.