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Sir can you guide me how i have to take care of eggs, my tortoise has laid 2 eggs yesterday in our tub containing sand of height 8 inch?

Hi Kalyan,

Sorry for the delay--it's the Christmas holidays here.   It's difficult for me to give you advice on incubating eggs, since I don't know what kind of equipment you can get in India.  The best option is to obtain a reptile incubator (here that would be a Hovabator), because it's easier to control temperature and humidity.  Incubation time will last somewhere between 90-120 days, but could be longer.  Incubation medium is generally vermiculite; sand is probably not a good medium because it's more difficult to maintain the right level of humidity.  It's important to maintain a fairly constant temperature and some air flow, but the eggs should not become too wet or be allowed to dry out.

Here is a link that details incubation information, including temperatures and humidity (this would be using an incubator):  If you cannot obtain a ready-made incubator, there are several YouTube videos and online instructions for making one, but this is not something I can help you with since I haven't had the need to make one myself.  


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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