Does this mean she likes me?
I received two eggs on May 18th from a female Geoemyda japonica! Both looked good initially but only one ended up being fertile. I’m very excited about this one egg as I can see the eyeball and the outline of the turtle when I candle it. Candling the egg requires the use of a flashlight. I used an LED flashlight as it’s brighter and doesn’t heat the egg up because it doesn’t produce much heat. Here are the egg measurements: Egg #1 49.29mm x 23.52mm, Egg #2 43.35mm x 23.98mm.
This female already laid one clutch of eggs from a different male. Today she mated with a new male and I’m hoping she will lay one more clutch before the season is over. Turtles can retain sperm for a long time but hopefully this new sperm will take and it will be a slightly different bloodline from the other male. I want her to get used to this newer male. He is younger and more vibrant but she still prefers the other older and bigger male.