Category Archives: Eggs

Instahatch Gecko eggs!!!!

We don’t have geckos here at Tortstork, but a friend of mine sent me gecko eggs and they hatched yesterday!!!!  One was albino, which is pretty cool.  Apparently an albino gecko is not as rare as an albino tortoise, but still very eggciting for my kids and I to watch hatch.  I will admit, peeking […]

UPDATE on Tortoise born with Intestines outside body

A cherryhead tortoise hatched on 5/28/19 with Gastroschisis, which is a growth defect of the plastron not closing correctly. to see inside this tortoise click this link. This little tortoise has been doing really well.  It is having  hard time moving around due to its intestines hanging out, though it seems to be healing nicely.  I […]

Tortoise with Gastroschisis. Beware, this video is gross.

This cherry head tortoise decided to pip way too early. As it was hatching I noticed something was strange about its yolk sac. The tortoise had Gastroschisis; where the intestines are outside the body. For what ever reason, this little cherry head didn’t fully develop properly. It is currently alive, moving its head and is […]

Instahatch #74; The Russian Escape

Instahatch #74 was a Russian egg that was laid on 3/7/19, shipped to Braintree, Vermont on 5/6/19, delivered 5/7/19, and hatched 4 days later on 5/11/19 for a total of 66 days of development. The egg started to pip at 1254pm and was completely out of its egg at 652pm the same day.  Thats 5 […]

Instahatch eggs #71 & #72; Nature controls it!

#71 and #72 were both Cherryhead tortoise eggs, from same clutch, same ship date, same delivery date.  They both traveled around 600 miles.  #71 was shipped to Soddy Daisy, Tennessee. #72 was shipped to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. #71 piped 7 days after being delivered (total days incubated 101).  #72 piped 16 days after being delivered […]

Unboxing a Western Hermann’s

This unboxing video was sent to me by a customer who clearly is beyond excited to receive her tortoise.  Sydney is a first time tortoise owner and she did everything by the books!  Asked the right questions, built her enclosure prior to delivery, and most important, she did her research on how to properly care […]

Remember instahatch #55, 56, & 57?

Instahatch eggs #55, #56 and #57 are Leopard instahatch eggs that were shipped to me from friend back on 4/17/19 and delivered on 4/18/19.  They were shipped on DD (developmental day) 95.  The first one hatched on 5/11/19.  It took 23 days from the day of delivery to hatch.  The total DD was 119.  The […]