Western Bell's - Kinixys Nogueyi - How many in the U.S.? I need your help!

Do you Keep Kinixys nogueyi, the western bell's hingeback, or western hingeback?

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5 Year Member
Mar 17, 2018
Location (City and/or State)
Akron, Ohio
I've been keeping western hingeback's (Kinixys nogueyi) for over 21 years. As many of you know, they haven't been allowed to be imported to the USA since 2000 after they were found to carry a tick that could transmit heartwater disease to cattle.

Now, they are extremely rare in the U.S., and I'm attempting to produce them. Outside a handful of individuals, there are few people working with this group. Most of what came in as "Bell's Hingebacks" before 2000 seem to be Kinixys nogueyi.

I'm attempting to identify all the animals in the U.S.A. If you keep this species, could you let me know how many individuals you have and whether or not you've successfully produced hatchlings?

This effort could be the start of a studbook for the species here in the U.S.

Feel free to message me offline or e-mail me at [email protected]!

So far, I've identified 54 individuals here in the U.S.

Here are some of the animals I've owned:




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