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Old 09-06-2014, 11:23 PM   #1
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My female laid eggs last year and from her eggs I have two hatchlings that have split scutes, mum and dad don't. So what I was wondering is, what is the chances of these being female? As I'm sure I read somewhere it could be down to temperature during incubation.... Or is this wrong?
Has anyone got a tortoise with split scutes that is a male?
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:10 AM   #2
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I've seen plenty of male tortoises and turtles with split scutes. It's not always temperature that causes split scutes. Some times it's genetic and low or high humidity could be a cause also.

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Hi Guys,
My female laid eggs last year and from her eggs I have two hatchlings that have split scutes, mum and dad don't. So what I was wondering is, what is the chances of these being female? As I'm sure I read somewhere it could be down to temperature during incubation.... Or is this wrong?
Has anyone got a tortoise with split scutes that is a male?
Hi yes I have two
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My Zag has split scutes he also has more than the average number of scutes all over, he is doing great and looks fantastic x

Here he is, I counted 17 scutes in total

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Awwww zag is gorgeous I love to see split scutes.
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My sister in law read something recently about extra scutes. It suggested that millions of years ago tortoises did have more scutes, and when we see extra scutes now , it is just a throw back to that. It was just a theory, no one is saying it is so.
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I have two hatchlings with extra scutes. I think they look lovely
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I've seen plenty of male tortoises and turtles with split scutes. It's not always temperature that causes split scutes. Some times it's genetic and low or high humidity could be a cause also.

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I didn't realise humidity could play a part
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Not sure if it's really been accepted with tortoises but it does happen with certain turtles.

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