November 2016

November 2016

All the information listed here is based on my own experience, please carry out your own research before attempting to replicate anything on this site.


SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2016 >>


"Raising the Roof"

The IHS breeders meetings in Doncaster are full of surprises; not only did I send the last of my captive bred Rhinoclemmys off to new homes in Germany, but I got the opportunity to collect a couple of very, very special turtles, and it's about time I introduced them.

Indian Roofed Turtles (Pangshura tecta) are extremely rare in captivity, owing to their inclusion on Cites Appendix I, which prevents export from their native range of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. I am so lucky to now have a (hopeful!) pair of these turtles, which were European captive-bred themselves in 2014 and brought to the show by a friend of mine.

Needless to say I am absolutely smitten with these turtles; they are absolutely stunning from head to tail, with vivid colours and the unusual 'shark fin' peak on the carapace. They are so gentle, feeding almost entirely on vegetation. Unlike every turtle I've kept, they will also turn their noses up at frozen fish or anything meaty, so for the last couple of months I have been rearing them almost exclusively on a diet of aquatic plants and low-protein koi pellets.

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From the limited information available online about keeping this species, it seems they are very slow-growing, taking roughly 6 years to reach maturity (which I imagine is largely due to their low protein diets), and this certainly seems the case with my pair - increasing in weight by only 2 grams per month!

Although they were very nervous to start with, they are now becoming much bolder, swimming to the front for food, and continuing to bask confidently around me rather than diving straight for cover.

If you have any questions about them feel free to send me a email using the address below,

Best,
Paul Edmondson
info@insectivore.co.uk




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