A ranching project for freshwater turtles in Costa Rica


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Relocate nests/eggs to a hatchery: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

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  1. Relocate nests/eggs to a hatchery: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

    A study in 1991 on a river in northern Costa Rica (Pritchard 1993) reported that some Nicaraguan slider Trachemys emolli eggs taken from the wild to a hatchery (as part of a ranching program) hatched successfully. The author reported that approximately 80% of eggs collected hatched successfully in the hatchery, and that 30% of hatchlings were released into the wild. In 1991, eggs from 310 nests were collected (average of 20 eggs/nest) within 24 hours of laying and reburied in soil in an enclosed area. Collection was carried out by local people, who received 50% of the funds generated by sale of the turtles.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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