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What's this tortoise breed name is ?

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by Aryan Kumar, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Aryan Kumar

    Aryan Kumar New Member

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    Is there somebody who knows this tortoise breed name. 1516290526767.jpg 1516290577649.jpg 1516290612068.jpg
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    It looks like a baby Malaysian box turtle.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Crowned River Turtle Hardella thurjii
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    Wow. You pulled out a genus and species I’d never heard of. These are pretty amazing. They lay their eggs underwater where they stay fully submersed for around 40-45 days, then as seasonal water levels lower, they are exposed to air for a few(many?)months, until being submerged again, which is when the babies hatch out underwater. Im guessing you probably knew that, but thought it was cools ought I warrant a post.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes, really amazing. This is one of the forms of diapause that a very few chelonians have evolved. Laying their eggs while the area is still flooded and the eggs are in total diapause. When the waters recede and the eggs get exposed to air - diapause breaks and developement begins. They can lay a few clutches of eggs 4 weeks or so apart and still have the eggs all develop at the same time - taking advatage of the short, but prime time.
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    Wonderful nature - there it goes again!
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