April 2017

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Toadhead Gibba Turtles (Phyrnops gibbus / Mesoclemmys gibba)

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THURSDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2017 >>


"Getting Gibba"

Life has a way of flying past me lately. Not only did my 26th birthday completely sneak up on me (another year wiser), but several baby turtles which I've been meaning to write about have outgrown their 'baby' status.

This update is dedicated to another beautiful species I added to my menagerie in November, Mesoclemmys gibba (previously Phrynops gibbus), more commonly known as the Toad Headed Turtle or simply the Gibba turtle.

When I picked these two hatchlings up, it was a difficult choice for me between the Gibba, and two hatchling West African Black Turtles (Pelusios niger). I'd love to keep Pelusios in the future, but the Gibbas have been great fun so far.

Both my youngsters are super active, always on the go and very bold when being interacted with. The only downside to them I discovered early on is a very potent musk defense, which I have to say is far more repelling than any other species I've kept. Luckily, they've only done this 2 or 3 times when they're had enough of being handled.


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Growth wise, these two seem to get bigger by the day. Initially I had them feeding on a mixture of frozen bloodworm, reptomin and aquatic vegetation, however they are now gulping down a specialist Koi diet which is giving me fantastic results. Shell growth is flawless, and despite being fairly understated in pattern and colour, the shell and face markings are becoming more pronounced.

I have a few other projects in the pipeline at the moment. You may have noticed the new Instagram posts, which I aim to update along with the website, if you're on instagram please have a nose about and follow me for more updates.

Any questions just ask as always!

Best,
Paul Edmondson
info@insectivore.co.uk




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