Study

Husbandry and captive breeding of the parrot-beaked tortoise, Homopus areolatus

  • Published source details Barzyk J.E. (1994) Husbandry and captive breeding of the parrot-beaked tortoise, Homopus areolatus. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 1, 138-141.

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Action Category

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 replicated study in 1992–1993 in a captive breeding facility in the USA (Barzyk 1994) found that parrot-beaked tortoises Homopus areolatus reproduced successfully in captivity. A total of nine egg clutches were produced and nine of 21 eggs (43%) hatched successfully. At least two of the hatchlings survived for ≥13 months. In 1992, six wild tortoises (3 males, 3 females) and seven captive tortoises were brought to the indoor captive breeding facility. Two habitat enclosures measuring 7 x 2 feet were constructed, and two males and 4–5 females were put in each enclosure.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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