Cuori bourreti (Bourret's box turtle). Brumation, oviposition and incubation

  • Published source details Jarvis P. & Augustine L. (2018) Cuori bourreti (Bourret's box turtle). Brumation, oviposition and incubation. Herpetological Review, 49, 486-487.


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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 2013–2017 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, USA (Jarvis & Augustine 2018) found that when incubation temperatures were 26–27°C, one captive female Bourret’s box turtle Cuora bourreti produced eggs that hatched successfully, whereas at 28–29°C, no eggs hatched. When the incubation temperature was 26–27°C, four of four eggs hatched successfully, with incubation periods of 83–89 days. When the temperature was 28–29°C, zero of 15 eggs hatched successfully, and only three showed any signs of development. Incubation temperatures were 28–29°C in 2013–2016 and 26–27°C in 2017. Eggs were incubated in plastic containers, either partially buried in vermiculite (6:5 ratio with water), suspended over saturated vermiculite, or in the substrate in which they were laid (peat and soil mixture). One female and two males of wild origin were kept in captivity for over 10 years.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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