I was wondering if there was a way to tell if my turtle eggs are fertile. They were laid about 2 weeks ago by either a painted or RES turtle and I have kept them incubated with substrate just like I am supposed to. I have kind of tried to candle a couple and sometimes the shell is see through and sometimes it isn't. I was just wondering if you had any more information for me to help me tell if they are fertile, like whether egg size is important or how far along the incubation process has to be to tell, thanks!
If they are fertile you should start seeing some veins inside the eggs when candled, which would indicate they are fertile. If they were laid by a wild turtle, they most likely are fertile and should not be handled after being placed in the incubator. If handled the wrong way it can cause the embryo to drown.
This goes over incubating turtle eggs: http://turtle_tails.tripod.com/raisingbabyturtles/tour8.htm
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