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The captive husbandry and reproduction of the pink-eared turtle (Emydura victoriae) at Perth Zoo

Gaikhorst, G.S., Clarke, B.R.ORCID: 0000-0003-1419-0768, McPharlin, M., Larkin, B., McLaughlin, J. and Mayes, J. (2011) The captive husbandry and reproduction of the pink-eared turtle (Emydura victoriae) at Perth Zoo. Zoo Biology, 30 (1). pp. 79-94.

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In 1997, Perth Zoo acquired six pink-eared turtles (Emydura victoriae) from the wild for display in the reptile facility. There is very little documented information on pink-eared turtles in captivity. This article looks at the reproductive biology, ecology, behavior, diet, and captive husbandry of the species. Eight clutches of eggs were documented over a 2-year period with an average clutch size of 10 eggs. Egg size was recorded with three clutches incubated to hatching. Ten hatchlings were maintained for a growth and development study. Measurements of weight, carapace length, width, height, and plastron length were recorded weekly for about 12 months, and then monthly for approximately 2 years. The data were analyzed and showed positive growth curves in all animals. Sexual dimorphism was observed after 20 weeks and sexual maturity in males observed after 2 years.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Chemical and Mathematical Science
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Copyright: © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc
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