Future Breeder – Female Geoemyda Spengleri

After breeding this species for 14 years every so often I hatch one out that amazes me with it’s brilliant color right out of the egg.  I usually am tempted to hold back those super colored spengleri.  This particular female hatched out with an intense red all over her body.  I decided to hold her back as a future breeder.  Now she is about another season away from being able to breed and her colors are better than ever!  I can’t wait to see what she produces next year.  This photo doesn’t do her justice.  I will post more than show off all her red coloration.  Here she is!

 

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First egg of 2014!

I found this Geoemyda spengleri egg on May 29th, 2014.  It came from my largest female and my oldest female.  I’ve had her since 1999 and she has produced ever since that time.  She was already a full grown imported adult when I obtained her.  I wouldn’t hesitate to say she was at least 20 years old or more when I obtained her judging by her size and carapacial wear.  That would make her at least 35 years old in my guesstimation.  Being such small turtles I think many people assume they don’t share the same long life span as their fellow chelonians such as Galapagos tortoises or North American box turtles.  This particular season she mated with a CB male that I produced a few years ago.  This male is young and this is his first season as a breeder.  He is young but definitely gets the job done!  He has quite the sex drive.  So it will be interesting to see what his offspring look like since this is his first time mating with a female.  The dam is a very deep pumpkin orange and quite big (for a spengleri) and flat.

The egg found immediately after being laid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The egg on June 22, 2014.  You can see it’s fertile and banded very well.

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