May 2016

May 2016

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SUNDAY, 15 MAY 2016 >>

"Turtles in a twist"

Where has the time gone? This year has flown in so far, and in between my rather hectic work schedule, my menagerie has exploded with hatchlings and some new shelled addtions.

My Rhinoclemmys breeding project has completed surpassed my expectations. Despite finding homes for several of my hatchlings, I now have around 25 youngsters, with more eggs incubating for later this year. These represent both CB15s and CB16s from my two bloodlines, many of which I will be bringing to sell at the upcoming Doncaster Reptile Show in June. They're developing amazingly well, with really strong colouration and cheeky pesonalities to match. This will be my first year having a table at the show, and I'm excited to meet some of the other breeders and turtle keepers there, and hopefully get this species in a few more collections across the UK!

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It's not all baby turtles here though; I've also taken on some new South American adults, the Twist-necked turtle (Platemys platycephala). Twist Necks are not commonly captive bred, and are represented in captivity largely by wild-caught specimens. These two were purchased by a good friend of mine from somewhat neglectful circumstances, with scutes and toes missing, presumably from being housed with another incompatible species. My friend however has done a great job getting them back to health, and I'm pleased they have now joined my collection, they're great fun to work with. They were a little shy at first, but now eat a wide variety of foods from Reptomin, ZooMed pellets and Hikari Massivore to frozen lancefish, prawns and mussels. Their mouths are however remarkably small for the size of them, owing to their natural diet of insects, amphibian eggs, crustaceans and small invertebrates.

At the moment, I'm still playing with the enclosure design for these Twist Necks, as they are fairly amphibious and can be found in shallow puddles and roaming the forest floor. Currently their habitat is based on a shallow water area with cork baskings sites and heavy vegetation, but I will be looking to incorporate a nesting land area into this shortly.

If you have any questions or require more info, just pop me an email below,

Paul Edmondson

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