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- Are captive-eared freshwater turtles breeding in captivity
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Trafficking turtles are unpretentious animals that quickly adapt to domestic conditions. But in captivity, they rarely produce offspring: this requires special conditions of detention.
In general, breeding of red-eared turtles should not present problems for the owner. Females lay their eggs on their own, you only need to provide proper care: a suitable habitat, proper nutrition, freedom of movement and peace.
The best time for breeding turtles is from February to May. For successful breeding at home, it is desirable to place several individuals of the same species in one terrarium. The ratio of females and males 2: 1 contributes to the manifestation of mating behavior in animals. If several pairs live in the aquarium and a good relationship is established between the two individuals, other turtles should be jailed for a while. There is a high probability that “this is love” and mating will occur soon.
When choosing suitable turtles for mating, the age of the animals must be taken into account. Turtles should be sexually mature, but not old. The ideal age is 5 years.
Choosing a place for mating
Sometimes males and females are kept separately, moving to a common aviary only during the mating period. In this case, it is desirable to place the female turtles in the territory to the male. You can use a separate terrarium with warm water for mating, the depth of which does not exceed 10 cm.
Mating turtles occurs in water and on land, and one fertilization is enough for several (4-5) clutches. Sperm can persist in the female genitals for a long time – up to two years.
Choosing a place for masonry
If mating does not occur, it is possible to stimulate the reproduction of animals by increasing the temperature of the water and increasing the duration of daylight hours in the aviary. If there is no "land" in the aquarium where the turtles live, an artificial beach needs to be built. In order for the female to lay eggs, a gentle slope with a layer of sand of 3-5 cm is required. It happens that the turtle makes a laying directly in the water, then the eggs need to be removed immediately.
Often, red-eared turtles lay unfertilized eggs, like many other reptiles. If a lonely female has laid her eggs, it makes no sense to take care of the eggs. Only when several turtles of both sexes are constantly living in the aquarium, is there a chance of mating.
The most difficult stage in reproduction is egg care. The masonry should be very carefully placed in the incubator, which can be used as a regular glass jar of sand. The jar should be heated with an incandescent lamp or placed near the battery, and the sand should be regularly moistened. The optimum temperature in the incubator is 28–30 ° С.
Eggs must be protected from mold, ventilated. Breeding turtles is a great responsibility and difficult work of breeders. But all the troubles will be rewarded when in 2-3 months small turtles will be born.