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African Spur-Thigh Tortoise hatchling (Geochelone Sulcata) | by EraPhernalia Vintage . . . [''playin' hook-y''] ;o
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African Spur-Thigh Tortoise hatchling (Geochelone Sulcata)

Straight out of the egg, cleaned up a little and less than 30 minutes old.


The tortoise is born/hatched with openable and fully functioning eyes. Note that the eyes in this photo appear closed--either caught in an eye-blink, or perhaps closed to block out the bright light, as the inside of the egg was pretty dark!


Or, is he/she thinking, "Maybe if I keep my eyes closed I'll still be in my nice cozy egg and not out here in this big scary world"?

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Taken on August 11, 2008