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Chelonia reproduction

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Introduction

  • Excellent husbandry Chelonia husbandry, nutrition, and enclosure design and space are critical components in the development of a successful chelonian breeding program.
  • Ethically it is more acceptable to establish secure captive breeding programmes than to remove individuals from wild populations.
  • Understanding the reproductive behavior Chelonia social behavior and biology of the particular species in the wild is critical to reproductive success Chelonia anatomy and physiology.
  • The breeding individuals should be compatible both temperamentally and in terms of size. They must be of appropriate gender, species and subspecies.
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Sexual maturity

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Reproductive cycle

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Courtship / mating

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Sperm storage

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Follicle / egg development

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Gravid behavior

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Oviparous / ovoviviparous / viviparous

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Poor reproductive performance

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Reproductive disorders

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Martinez-Jimenez D (2017) Herpetoculture and Reproduction. In: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician. 3rd edn. Eds: Ballard B & Cheek R. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 197-211.
  • Rivera S (2017) Chelonians. In: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician. 3rd edn. Eds: Ballard B & Cheek R. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 183-195.
  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Raiti P (2010) Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins. In: Behavior of Exotis Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 33-43.
Reproduced with permission from Bonnie Ballard & Ryan Cheek: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician © 2017, and Simon J Girling: Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets © 2013, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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