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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2004, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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X-Ray of Gravid Mud Turtle

This is a recent rescue (with a long story that's better for the vent forum lol but anyway......) I thought some of you may enjoy seeing her x-ray.....

I'm sure you'll be able to easily read the exciting results



Looks like twins to me ... wish her luck though she's got a good hole in her carapace and huge crack in her plastron.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2004, 10:11 AM
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That's pretty neat!


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2004, 10:25 AM
 
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Poor girl. I will keep her and her twins in my thoughts.

I do have to say the x-rays are very interesting. Do you know the average amount of eggs layed? I watched a mud turtle dig her hole and drop her eggs, but didn't want to bother her. As you can tell I have no clue about the proper "termononology" to use when it comes to turtles. I can't wait til the babies dig their way up!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2004, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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I believe they have been known to lay up to seven eggs however it's more common to see 1 to 3 eggs. Incubation time is about 2.5 to 6 months depending on temps etc since they can go into dispause during the cooler weather (dispause meaning the just stop maturing for a while and then start again when it warms up).

The babies will be TINY! Be sure to look carefully not to miss them lol
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2004, 03:03 AM
 
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Yeah, the hatchlings should be very tiny ... mud turtles are tiny full grown!! Very cute, though. Thanks for sharing the x-ray.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2004, 01:25 PM
 
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How exciting! I will pray that she is able to give birth easily.
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