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May 26, 2015

Sparking the Diapause: Zookeepers Jedi Mind Tricked This Adorable Baby Tortoise to Get It to Hatch

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Favorable conditions are when it’s warm enough that the hatchling won’t freeze and will have access to plenty of vegetation for food and camouflage, she told me.
"So you need to kind of spark the egg out of this diapause," Augustine said. To do this, the zoo takes the egg and puts it in an incubator to keep it warm. If they don’t see any signs of development, they’ll slowly cool the egg down to simulate a cold snap. Then, after a few weeks, they bring the temperature back up. Every zoo does this process slightly differently. | Motherboard

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Turtles is my weak point. Since 1991 I have saved over 900 and I have documented every one. Usually in the spring when it warms up and they come out of their winter lairs. I stop right in the middle of the road and grab em, bring em back here to the estancia and let em go down by the stream. I measure them, check the gender, take a picture or 2 and write it all up, then down to the stream. I've had 3 turtles in the truck at one time, 2 Boxes in the cab and a snapper in the bed. I've been late to appt's because of turtles. I stopped along the road once and ran back about 100' to grab a large Paint off the centerline just to witness an asshole run right over it in a large truck right before my eyes. I shoulda pulled my piece and blowed a tire off.... Males have a concave belly, females are flat or convex. Counting the plates does not reveal the age, which is probably more than you think. The smallest turtle I have saved was 3/4" dia and the largest was 28". I have not seen 1 turtle yet this year and that is disturbing.

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