Schildkröten im Fokus
, Bergheim 8 (1) 2011: 3–18
Endlich eine zufriedenstellende Haltung von Waldbachschildkröten, Glyptemys insculpta: Ein Beispiel, wie man
wissenschaftliche Daten für die praktische Tierhaltung anwenden kann
Finally a satisfying method of caring for wood turtles, Glyptemys insculpta: – An example of how to apply scientific data to turtle husbandry.
Text von Monika & Rolf Krolak
Bilder von Hans-Jürgen Bidmon
, Düsseldorf, Michael Daubner
, Köln, & Rolf Krolak
The maintenance of a pair of adult and the raising of some young Glyptemys insculpta
in Germany is described. During the first 8
years the turtles were kept in a greenhouse and were hibernated in a refrigerator, which caused severe health problems, especially shortly
after hibernation and requiring antibiotic treatment each spring. Some turtles died during this treatment. Although the adult pair had most
problems to recover from lung infections, they survived but never reproduced under these conditions. In 2009 after having read several
papers how they live (including hibernation) in their northern habitats, we decided to try keeping them outdoors. During this outdoor
maintenance, the old adult female produced a first clutch of eggs and the outdoor hibernation within a 1 m deep pond was very successful.
None of the turtles that had hibernated outdoors developed any health problems, whereas the old male, which had been kept separately from
the group and which was still hibernated in the refrigerator, developed similar health problems to previous years. Therefore the whole
outdoor enclosure was enlarged, including several new structures and ponds, that allowed the turtles to follow the sun during the day. A new
outdoor enclosure was also integrated for the old male, since it is only possible to keep one male with the females, otherwise the males
will fight each other. After these changes, the adult female nested again and two of the young females deposited their first clutch in 2010.
Using the husbandry described in this article, we hatched in total 15 babies.
Reptilia: Testudines, Emydidae, Glyptemys insculpta
, keeping, breeding, overwintering, out door enclosure, Germany.
Monika & Rolf Krolak
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