First breeding success of the Brahmaputra Tent Turtle

After an initial cool diapause three hatchlings emerged out of their eggs for the very first time.

This small, flat and strongly pigmented form of Indian Tent Turtle can be easily distinguished morphologically. However with the help of mitochondrial DNA it cannot be differentiated from the subspecies P. t. flaviventer. In contrary to the periodically bred Indian Roof Turtle (Pangshura tecta) the eggs of the Indian Tent Turtle need an initial cool incubation phase. After several fault attempts we succeeded to hatch three healthy hatchlings. The hatchlings still show their egg teeth and will start to feed in a few days.

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