Breeding of the Indian Roofed Turtle Kachuga tecta in captivity

Raju Vyas


Breeding biology of the Indian Roofed Turtle (Kachuga tecta) was studied at the Sayaji Baug Zoo, Vadodara, Gujarat during 1991-1999.  Courtship was observed from September to January and nesting during October to April with peak in January and February.  A total of 34 nests per year.  The clutch size was 5.8 eggs, which ranged from 3 to 12 eggs per clutch.  Average incubation period was 108 days, which varied from 64 to 195 days.  Breeding success was 48.81 per cent, and temperaturs played a vital role in the breeding performance of the species.

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