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A new year is bound to throw each of us new challenges and suprises . With 2014 only beginning to emerge, my menagerie is already showing signs of expansion. It's been several weeks since I published an update, but I'm determined to spend 2014 developing my passion, and sharing my journey with exotic pets.
Just before New Year's Eve, I uncovered a clutch of two Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima eggs in my tropical Americas vivarium. With a 14-16 week incubation, it could be a long wait, but it's not only given me hope of captive breeding, but also confirmed that my setup and habitat design is doing exactly what I need it to. Planting the Rhinoclemmys vivarium has been my focus for many weeks - I've packed it with new foliage, worked on creating a naturalistic forest floor, and installed an array of new equipment including ultrasonic foggers and specialist plant growth lighting. Aside from a network of wires hiding amongst the branches and leaves, several species of bromeliad, philodendron, and tropical American climbing species are now beginning to take off.
The turtles especially seem to be enjoying this maturing ecosystem. Their behaviour is as natural as it has ever been, with hours spent foraging, bathing, basking, or digging holes and burrowing under overhanging plants. Hopefully you can see from the photos the scale of their environment, and the number of different areas they can explore for enrichment, which I believe to be key for this species, especially for their breeding.
With my Rhinoclemmys breeding successfully, I can begin looking at my other enclosures and breeding groups to improve in the next year. First on the list is my pair of Tokay Geckos (Gekko gecko) which require a complete redesign on their enclosure. Hopefully this will be something to watch for over the next few weeks.
I've also expanded my Mouthbrooder collection with the addition of a few Blue Lipped Philanders (Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor). So far, they are far more aggressive than my Mozambique Mouthbrooders (Oreochromis mossambicus) despite their smaller size, but seem to be getting along fine in one of my Common Musk turtle setups. As you can see from the picutre, they are a handsome fish, if somewhat boisterous!
That's all for now, if you have any questions feel free to contact me at at the address below.