Category Archives: tortstork

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 […]

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 […]

Egyptians are starting to hatch

Some of our baby Egyptian eggs are starting to hatch.  I was hoping these would be instahatch eggs and hatch in some lucky person’s incubator.  This Egyptian egg was laid on 5/9/19.  It piped on 7/31/19 and slowly is emerging at a tortoise’s pace. This little tortoise weighs around 4 grams.

HypoTortstork Redfoot hatching

Another Hypo redfoot has joined the future of Tortstork.  This gorgeous little redfoot will be added to the hypo breeding colony we are building.  This amazing orange/red baby is a great addition to our other hypo’s.  Redfoots take 7 to 8 years to mature to breeding size, so we are many years away from a successful […]

Russian Instahatch egg was not rushing to hatch.

Instahatch egg #83 was laid on 4/6/19, shipped to Tulsa, Oklahoma on 6/3/19, delivered on 6/4/19 and started to hatch on 6/22/19. 18 days after delivery.  Talk about a stressful few weeks.  I was confident that it was going to hatch because the customer kept sending me updates of candling pictures and it was progressing […]

Marginated Instahatch #86 climbing out of the deli-cup.

#86 is a Marginated tortoise.  It was laid 4/17/19, shipped to Albany, California on 6/17/19 (2,490 miles away), delivered on 6/18/19, and hatched on 6/20/19.  It was so full of energy it climbed out of its deli cup!!!!!!

Instahatch #85 with a temporary tattoo!

This Sulcata egg was laid on 3/5/19, shipped 6/17/19 to Willows, California, delivered 6/18/19, and hatched the same day!!! When i first started shipping freshly laid eggs, i placed temporary tattoos on the egg.  My success rate for the freshly laid eggs were not very good, which is why i moved away from them and […]

#84 Hatched and turned into #93 & #94

Russian instahatch egg #84 was laid on 4/6/19, shipped to Philadelphia, PA on 6/3/19, delivered on 6/4/19 and started to pip on 6/18/19. It took 14 days to hatch from the day of delivery and it incubated for a total of 73 days. The customer was so eggcited, he bought two more instahatch eggs that […]

Instahatch #80 showed up piping

Instahatch #80 was a Russian tortoise egg that was laid on 3/27/19.  It was shipped on 5/28/19 and traveled a little over 2,000 miles.  It was delivered on 5/2919, with a little drama.  The stork was delayed due to storms in the midwest, so it didn’t arrive until the late afternoon.  Though when it arrived, […]

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 […]