Study

Husbandry of the Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons: Geoemydidae) at Woodland Park Zoo

  • Published source details Borek A., Miller P., Yoshimi D. & Pramuk J. (2018) Husbandry of the Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons: Geoemydidae) at Woodland Park Zoo. Herpetological Review, 49, 264-270.

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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 2012–2017 at Woodland Park Zoo, Washington, USA (Borek et al. 2018) found that one of two female Indochinese box turtles Cuora galbinifrons reproduced successfully in captivity. In 2013–2017, two females produced twelve clutches of 1–3 eggs, with an overall hatching success of 12%. All eggs that hatched came from one female. The average incubation period was 58 days. In 2012, one male and two female turtles were housed separately in glass fronted cages (91 x 135 cm) or concrete enclosures (97 x 183 cm) containing a substrate of soil, mulch and leaf litter, and bark and logs for cover. A water basin was also provided. Ambient temperatures were 25–28°C and humidity was kept at 75–80%. Males were introduced to the female cages for mating purposes. Eggs were moved to a container and suspended over perlite covered with water. A range of temperature regimes were used (see paper for more details), with temperatures ranging from 25.6–29.4°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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