Study

Captive husbandry of the Arakan forest turtle (Heosemys depressa) and its implications for conservation

  • Published source details Wyrwich L., Hill R.A. & Lock B. (2015) Captive husbandry of the Arakan forest turtle (Heosemys depressa) and its implications for conservation. Herpetological Review, 46, 49-54.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Breed reptiles in captivity: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

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  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

    A study in 2001–2013 in Atlanta Zoo, Georgia, USA (Wyrwich et al. 2015) found that two Arakan forest turtles Heosemys depressa bred in captivity and at least one egg hatched from nine of the 11 clutches that were laid. Two captive-bred female Arakan forest turtles laid one clutch/year each for five and six consecutive years respectively. Hatching success ranged between 0–100% for the first female (2–9 eggs laid/clutch) and 13–66% for the second female (4–8 eggs laid/clutch). Of 19 offspring produced, 17 survived in captivity for 1–10 years. One of the adult females bred successfully after three years in captivity, and the second did so during the first year in captivity. The first female died after breeding complications in the sixth year of egg laying. A pair of adult Arakan forest turtles were acquired by Atlanta Zoo in 2001, and a second female was acquired in spring 2009 from Zoo Miami. Adults were maintained in outdoor enclosures during the warmer months of the year and individually indoors during the dry season (see original paper for details).

    (Summarised by: Katie Sainsbury)

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