Water depth and feed pellet type effects on growth and feed utilization in the rearing of green turtle (Chelonia mydas Linnaeus, 1758)

  • Published source details Songnui A., Thongprajukaew K., Kanghae H., Satjarak J. & Kittiwattanawong K. (2017) Water depth and feed pellet type effects on growth and feed utilization in the rearing of green turtle (Chelonia mydas Linnaeus, 1758). Aquatic Living Resources, 30.


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Head-start wild-caught reptiles for release: Sea turtles

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  1. Head-start wild-caught reptiles for release: Sea turtles

    A replicated study in Thailand (Songnui et al. 2017) found that captive-reared green turtles Chelonia mydas all survived for an eight-week period, and that two of five measures of growth were affected by water depth but not feed type. Survival over an eight-week period was 100%. Final body weight and growth rate were higher in tanks with shallower water (15 cm depth: body weight 107–110 g, growth 2.7–2.8% body weight/day; 30 cm depth: body weight 98–106 g, growth 2.5–2.7% body weight/day), but were not affected by feed type. Body condition, and shell size were similar across all treatments (see paper for details). One hundred and twenty turtle eggs were collected from a single female as part of a head-starting programme, and 103 hatchlings were reared in fibreglass tanks (1.5 m x 0.8 m x 0.8 m) in 15 cm of sea water for 20 days. Turtles were then moved in groups of five to tanks (0.6 x 30 m) with 15 or 30 cm deep water and provided with floating or sinking food pellets (exact number of individuals/treatment not provided).

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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