Hatching big-headed Chinese Red-necked Pond Turtle


The rounding up of the last known megacephalic Chinese Red-necked Pond Turtles (Mauremys nigricans) turn out to be very successful in the first year. The only known male of the western hemisphere bred with two of the three known females. Out of the first clutch all 10 eggs hatched.


A second clutch with 4 eggs is still in the incubator. Because the gender of this species is determined by the incubation temperature, the eggs get incubated at different temperatures. This success is an important contribution for the conservation of a turtle species at the brink of extinction.

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