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An F2-generation of Testudo hermanni hermanni GMELIN bred in captivity with remarks on the breeding of Mediterranean tortoises 1976-1981

  • Published source details Kirsche W. (1984) An F2-generation of Testudo hermanni hermanni GMELIN bred in captivity with remarks on the breeding of Mediterranean tortoises 1976-1981. Amphibia-Reptilia, 5, 31-35.

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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 replicated study in 1976–1981 in an outdoor enclosure in Germany (Kirsche 1984) reported that captive Hermann's tortoises Testudo hermanni hermanni, Greek tortoises Testudo graeca ibera and Russian tortoises Agrionemys horsfieldii bred successfully in captivity. In 1976–1981, ten females produced 65–78 eggs each year, with a hatching success of 23–71%. In 1981, a Hermann's tortoise that was hatched in captivity produced offspring (3 of 5 eggs hatched). Thirty tortoises were kept in an outdoor enclosure (180 m2) for 7–24 years and fed a mixture of vegetables. Twenty individuals were sexually mature, including seven male and eight female Hermann's tortoises; one male and one female Greek tortoise; and two male and one female Russian tortoise.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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