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Old 20-10-2016, 08:19 PM   #31
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How warm is that enclosure and the outdoor temps, what level of humidity do you have. Can you see how they are pyramiding, they should be smooth. This is because they are kept too dry. All these things are relevant to fertile eggs. If a tortoises needs are made then fertility will come naturally.
The shell of star tortoise normally look like this
The outdoor temperature here in summer can reach 33-34c, the humidity here usually above 80%
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Old 20-10-2016, 08:21 PM   #32
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As she is still quite young I would say it could be she is still growing and using the calcium for growth as apposed to eggs or she could just not be able to produce enough to make a decent shell.
As said above give them lots of cuttlefish or even natural chalk stone if you can get it.
The other thing you could try is to put some cover over the laying area like branches and lay grass over that she might be pushing the eggs out to quickly as she doesn't feel secure.
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lovely looking torts - take it not in England, Wales or Scotland..CB
They live in South Asia , Hong Kong
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Old 21-10-2016, 11:39 AM   #34
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They live in South Asia , Hong Kong
Lovely ! CB
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Old 21-10-2016, 12:14 PM   #35
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The shell of star tortoise normally look like this
The outdoor temperature here in summer can reach 33-34c, the humidity here usually above 80%
Star tortoises are very prone to pyramiding, but only minor when kept humid enough.
If you succeed in getting some hatchlings, raise them in a closed system, 80% humidity, 27c ambient temp and a 35/38c basking spot. Spray your torts every morning and every evening to imitate their natural habitat(dew).
If you try this it will prove to you what I'm saying. I'm not having a go at you, just trying to help you. I've seen many nearly smooth stars.
Can I see some more photos of your enclosure please.
What are those 2 lights on the left, if they sit under a light all day because ambient temps are low it encourages the new keratin growth to dry out, regardless of humidity levels. New keratin that is dry encourages pyramiding, it force the bone structure to grow down and not across, the keratin follows bone structure.
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The shell of star tortoise normally look like this
The outdoor temperature here in summer can reach 33-34c, the humidity here usually above 80%
Have a look at these please.

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they look lovely Craig or am I missing the point !? sorry...very pretty tortoises, CB
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Star tortoises are very prone to pyramiding, but only minor when kept humid enough.
If you succeed in getting some hatchlings, raise them in a closed system, 80% humidity, 27c ambient temp and a 35/38c basking spot. Spray your torts every morning and every evening to imitate their natural habitat(dew).
If you try this it will prove to you what I'm saying. I'm not having a go at you, just trying to help you. I've seen many nearly smooth stars.
Can I see some more photos of your enclosure please.
What are those 2 lights on the left, if they sit under a light all day because ambient temps are low it encourages the new keratin growth to dry out, regardless of humidity levels. New keratin that is dry encourages pyramiding, it force the bone structure to grow down and not across, the keratin follows bone structure.
Thx for your comment
The 2 lights only provide heat for them as the enclosure were located outdoor
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