The Russian Tortoise 
Agrionemys horsfieldii ( Testudo horsfieldii)  

Female Laying Eggs 9/23/2003

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Russian tortoise laying eggs 1

The egg is just starting to come out. She pulls her head in while "pushing". The whole time the hind legs are moving in a rhythmic fashion.


Russian Tortoise laying eggs 2

                    The egg is barely visible. The tail is distended.


Russian tortoise laying eggs 4

More of the egg. It took an hour for her to lay it after this point. The whole time she was in a trance-like state.
  Russian tortoise laying eggs 5

Russian tortoise laying eggs 6

  Russian tortoise laying eggs 7

She is using her right leg to push at the egg
Russian Tortoise laying eggs

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