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Hello....I previously asked this question on 5/7/15 but received no response.  Hopefully you can help me.  We had a basking turtle (my husband calls them streaked legs) lay eggs 2/2/15.  I have read online that the eggs can hatch anytime between 60 - 150 days.  Is this true?  Should I still be on the lookout for babies?  Thank You!!

Hi Christine,

I don't know what happened when you posted your earlier question, but I didn't get it somehow.  Anyway, incubation period varies by species and conditions.  If you know what specific species the turtle was, I can give you a better time frame.  If the eggs are being incubated under controlled conditions (in an incubator), you can generally figure about 60-70 days.  Outside, the incubation period may go longer, but not necessarily.  I'd say the very least time (again, depending on species and condition) would be maybe 50 days, and the longest 120 days, but some species do have a much longer incubation period, so 150 days isn't outside the realm of possibility.  

If you don't know the species, a good description would probably give me enough to figure it out.  Also, was this a wild turtle or a pet?


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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.

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