Study

Captive breeding of the critically endangered red-crowned roof turtle Batagur kachuga

  • Published source details Whitaker N. (2009) Captive breeding of the critically endangered red-crowned roof turtle Batagur kachuga. Pages 143-148 in: K. Vasudevan (ed.) Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises of India. ENVIS Bulletin: Wildlife and Protected Areas. 12, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, India.

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

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

    A study in 2001–2009 in a captive setting in Uttar Pradesh, India (Whitaker 2009) reported that red-crowned roof turtles Batagur kachuga bred successfully in captivity. Four females produced 1–5 clutches/year of 11–23 eggs, and hatching success ranged from 0–81%. In 2001, four female and two male turtles were acquired. They were quarantined for six months before being introduced to an enclosure with a large pond (30 x 15 m) with a number of other turtles of different species. In 2003–2009, the nesting mound was searched frequently, and eggs that were found were removed and incubated in plastic boxes with moist sand.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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