Chitra indica (Narrow-headed softshell turtle). Captive breeding

  • Published source details Sirsi S., Davis S.K. & Forstner M.R.J. (2016) Chitra indica (Narrow-headed softshell turtle). Captive breeding. Herpetological Review, 47, 410-411.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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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 study in 2001–2015 in Texas, USA (Sirsi et al. 2016) reported that narrow-headed softshell turtles Chitra indica produced a single hatchling in captivity. After 14 years, a turtle raised in captivity laid a clutch of 26 eggs. Of the 26 eggs, one (4%) hatched successfully after an incubation period of 69 days, four (15%) completely developed but hatchlings failed to emerge, 10 (39%) failed during development, and 11 (42%) were infertile. The adult female was raised in a 7 x 5 m circular flow-through tank and then moved to a 5 x 2 x 1 m fibreglass tank. No nesting beach was available, and eggs were deposited in the water. Eggs were transferred to a 1:1 mixture of vermiculite and water and incubated at 28°C.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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