The Gurkhas exposed a nest of the Caspian Water Tortoise.

TCD MS 10516 folio 65 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 65 verso

[12th October 1916] and oval, the breadth being almost two-thirds of its length, while those of the Soft-shelled Tortoise are perfect spheres. While raising breast-works in the month of July, the Gurkhas exposed a nest of the Caspian Water Tortoise. All the eggs, save one, were smashed in the digging. The single specimen secured contained an almost fully formed tortoise with a small remnant of food yolk. The little creature, at this stage but 1 1/8 inches in length, was complete in all its parts and a miniature of its large clumsy parent. It presented some very obvious peculiarities, strikingly evident when compared with the adult. The shields were soft, finely tuberculated and with none of those concentric lines of growth which add so much to the varied and elegant pattern of the older shell. The mid-dorsal