The captive husbandry and reproduction of the pink-eared turtle (Emydura victoriae) at Perth Zoo
Article first published online: 5 APR 2010
© 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 79–94, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Gaikhorst, G.S., Clarke, B.R., McPharlin, M., Larkin, B., McLaughlin, J. and Mayes, J. (2011), The captive husbandry and reproduction of the pink-eared turtle (Emydura victoriae) at Perth Zoo. Zoo Biol., 30: 79–94. doi: 10.1002/zoo.20317
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 5 APR 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 FEB 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 18 JAN 2010
- Manuscript Received: 8 JAN 2009
In 1997, Perth Zoo acquired six pink-eared turtles (Emydura victoriae) from the wild for display in the reptile facility. There is very little documented information on pink-eared turtles in captivity. This article looks at the reproductive biology, ecology, behavior, diet, and captive husbandry of the species. Eight clutches of eggs were documented over a 2-year period with an average clutch size of 10 eggs. Egg size was recorded with three clutches incubated to hatching. Ten hatchlings were maintained for a growth and development study. Measurements of weight, carapace length, width, height, and plastron length were recorded weekly for about 12 months, and then monthly for approximately 2 years. The data were analyzed and showed positive growth curves in all animals. Sexual dimorphism was observed after 20 weeks and sexual maturity in males observed after 2 years. Zoo Biol 30:79–94, 2011. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.