On the reproductive biology of the tricarinate hill turtle Melanochelys tricarinata (Blyth, 1856) (Testudines: Bataguridae)

  • Published source details Valentin P. & Gemel R. (1999) Zur fortpflanzungsbiologie der dreikiel-erdschildkröte Melanochelys tricarinata (Blyth, 1856) (Testudines: Bataguridae). Herpetozoa, 12, 99-118.


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

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

    A study in 1996–1999 in captive conditions in Vienna, Austria (Valentin & Gemel 1999) found that tricarinate hill turtles Melanochelys tricarinata bred successfully in captivity. Three female turtles laid 12 clutches (1–3 eggs/clutch). Six of 23 eggs (23%) hatched and at least four hatchlings survived at least two years and five months. Four male and three female adult turtles were housed in captive facilities. Mating occurred at temperatures above 28°C. Females were x-rayed to check for pregnancy. After being laid, eggs were artificially incubated at air temperatures of 27–31°C, 85–95% humidity and on a sand-earth substrate.

    (Summarised by: Katie Sainsbury)

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