Category Archives: Tortoises

Tortoises can have Twins?

Yes! Tortoises can have twins.  When a female tortoise is ready to make an egg, the egg yolk is released from the ovaries and travels through the fallopian tubes to be fertilized.  The egg then gets coated with a thick layer protein, minerals and water, which is the albumen (egg whites). The egg continues down […]

Rare Hypo Tortoise with 10 Claws On One Foot!!!

Imagine hatching a rare Hypomelanistic red footed tortoise.  It would be amazing right? Now, imagine it being deformed with 10 claws on one foot.  Even more amazing right? Only if you’re a children’s book author and you turn it into a character for a future book.  Meet Polly, the hypo red footed tortoise with 10 […]

Russian Tortoises Are Back, With A discount For You!

This has been the year of the Russian tortoise.  Tortstork would be sold out of the hatchlings, before they were even hatched!  Between Hatch A Tortoise eggs and the demand for baby hatchlings, we couldn’t keep up.  We now have some absolutely stunning Russian hatchlings available.  If you have been waiting for that perfect moment […]

94.44% success rate for Hatch A Tortoise Instahatch Eggs

Tortstork shipped out its 378th egg this week and it successfully hatched!  Our successful hatch rate is 94.44%.  The failures vary from unknown reasons, but there are some theories.  It could be form mishandling during shipping to not having the right incubator to having too high of  a temperature in the incubator to delays in […]

First graders get a surprise Helix book!!!!

An awesome teacher sent me 16 drawings of Helix that her first graders made for me.  They each wrote me a personal letter telling me how much they loved Helix gets His Wheels, and that they couldn’t wait for the second book Helix Rolls Into a Sleepover.  So guess what? I sent them each their […]

Tortstork, theTurtleRoom, HelixWheelsFoundation and Donations…OH MY!!

Tortstork and theTheTurtleRoom ran a 72 hour Helix Thon.  For every book sold off Tortstork.com, Tortstork would donate $5 to theTurtleRoom.  24 books were sold in the 72 hour “Helix Thon,” and $120 was donated to tTR.  Helix Gets His Wheels is a great book to help children become interested in tortoises.  The last few […]

Moroccan Tortoises are hatching!!!

Lots of people easily mistaken a Moroccan tortoise as a Moroccan greek tortoise.  Its pretty simple to realize why.  The scientific name is Testudo greaca marokkensis.  The funny thing is, they aren’t even from Greece, they are native to Northern Africa.  They are distinctly different than Greek tortoises.  The babies are super unique looking as […]

Helix Gets His Wheels children’s book.

Helix has a children’s book! How exciting is that?  The pre-sale for this book will be in the beginning of November.  I am waiting on an Amazon link before I launch the exact date.  If you’re interested in getting a signed copy, please email me tortstork@tortstork.com. Here are two reviews that have already come in.. […]

Meet Helix; The twisted deformed tortoise

Helix hatched on July 31st, 2019.  it was pretty deformed to the point where i thought i was going to have to euthanize it.  Though as the days passed, Helix was making “strides.”  He was scooting all over the incubator. I moved Helix to a growing container, like i do with all other hatchlings, and […]

Conserving a species one tortoise at a time.

Tortstork was honored to be highlighted in the August edition of Neighbors Magazine.  It discusses my goals for colony assurance (captive breeding).  It also talks about how I envision the hatch a tortoise instahatch egg to one day help the conservation of these amazing animals.