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Captive reproduction in Geoffrey's side‐necked turtle

Captive reproduction in Geoffrey's side‐necked turtle ALAN K A R D O N Assistant Supervisor, Reptile Department, San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium, San Antonio, Texas 78212, USA Geoffroy’s side-necked turtle Phrynops geoffroanus geofioanus, a medium-sized turtle with a maximum carapace length of c. 41 mm, ranges from central and southern Brazil to Paraguay (Pritchard, 1979). The carapace is black with faint dark markings speckled throughout, and the white plastron is mottled with black lines and spots; the markings tend to become obscured with age and growth. It has a long neck and a flat broad head with a distinct white line extending from the nostril through the eye downwards to the side of the neck and two small barbels are located on the bottom front of the chin. It is a carnivorous species feeding on insects and fish (Pritchard, 1979). In January 1978 the San Antonio Zoo received from the Dallas Zoo a pair of P. g. geofioanus which was placed in one of the aquatic exhibits in the reptile building. T h e exhibit contains live plants and decorative logs and is lit by six 40 W Vita-lite fluorescent tubes (Laszlo, 1969). The photoperiod is the same throughout the building; during the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

Captive reproduction in Geoffrey's side‐necked turtle

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 21 (1) – Jan 1, 1981

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1981 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1981.tb01947.x
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Abstract

ALAN K A R D O N Assistant Supervisor, Reptile Department, San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium, San Antonio, Texas 78212, USA Geoffroy’s side-necked turtle Phrynops geoffroanus geofioanus, a medium-sized turtle with a maximum carapace length of c. 41 mm, ranges from central and southern Brazil to Paraguay (Pritchard, 1979). The carapace is black with faint dark markings speckled throughout, and the white plastron is mottled with black lines and spots; the markings tend to become obscured with age and growth. It has a long neck and a flat broad head with a distinct white line extending from the nostril through the eye downwards to the side of the neck and two small barbels are located on the bottom front of the chin. It is a carnivorous species feeding on insects and fish (Pritchard, 1979). In January 1978 the San Antonio Zoo received from the Dallas Zoo a pair of P. g. geofioanus which was placed in one of the aquatic exhibits in the reptile building. T h e exhibit contains live plants and decorative logs and is lit by six 40 W Vita-lite fluorescent tubes (Laszlo, 1969). The photoperiod is the same throughout the building; during the

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1981

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