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Archiv 2011

Veröffentlicht: 25.01.2011 Share it on Facebook


Schildkröten im Fokus, Bergheim 8 (1) 2011: 3–18

Endlich eine zufriedenstellende Haltung von Waldbachschildkröten, Glyptemys insculpta: Ein Beispiel, wie man wissenschaftliche Daten für die praktische Tierhaltung anwenden kann

Finally a satisfying method of caring for wood turtles, Glyptemys insculpta: – An example of how to apply scientific data to turtle husbandry.

Text von Monika & Rolf Krolak, Delhoven
Bilder von Hans-Jürgen Bidmon, Düsseldorf, Michael Daubner, Köln, & Rolf Krolak, Delhoven


Abstract

The maintenance of a pair of adult and the raising of some young Glyptemys insculpta in Germany is described. During the first 8 years the turtles were kept in a greenhouse and were hibernated in a refrigerator, which caused severe health problems, especially shortly after hibernation and requiring antibiotic treatment each spring. Some turtles died during this treatment. Although the adult pair had most problems to recover from lung infections, they survived but never reproduced under these conditions. In 2009 after having read several papers how they live (including hibernation) in their northern habitats, we decided to try keeping them outdoors. During this outdoor maintenance, the old adult female produced a first clutch of eggs and the outdoor hibernation within a 1 m deep pond was very successful. None of the turtles that had hibernated outdoors developed any health problems, whereas the old male, which had been kept separately from the group and which was still hibernated in the refrigerator, developed similar health problems to previous years. Therefore the whole outdoor enclosure was enlarged, including several new structures and ponds, that allowed the turtles to follow the sun during the day. A new outdoor enclosure was also integrated for the old male, since it is only possible to keep one male with the females, otherwise the males will fight each other. After these changes, the adult female nested again and two of the young females deposited their first clutch in 2010. Using the husbandry described in this article, we hatched in total 15 babies.

Key words

Reptilia: Testudines, Emydidae, Glyptemys insculpta, keeping, breeding, overwintering, out door enclosure, Germany.

Author

Monika & Rolf Krolak
E-Mail: krolakcharly@aol.com

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