Since as early as I can remember I have been occupied with the care and breeding of numerous turtle species.
In 1982 my family moved into our new home with a garden enabling me to intensify my dedication to my hobby. I focused on North American turtles, specifically Glyptemys insculta, Clemmys guttata and musk turtles (Sternotherus).
I was able to breed and care for 4 of the 5 Sternotherus species/subspecies. In the late 1980’s, prior to the recent craze, East Asian pond turtles fascinated me, especially the Cuora galbinifrons complex of C. galbinifrons, C. picturata and C. bourreti. I was also able to successfully breed Cuora flavomarginata, Cuora trifasciata, Cuora mouhotii, Mauremys japonica, Mauremys sinensis, Mauremys annamensis, Mauremys reevesii and Mauremys mutica.
Sadly we are in a time of rapid extinction of numerous animal species. It is my opinion that captive breeding is extremely important for subsequent generations to be able to know and admire these beautiful animals.