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RE: Russian tortoise infertility

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Posted by: JordiC at Mon Jun 8 06:15:43 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by JordiC ]  
   

I think I know you from another forum, talking about subspecies... I live in Northeastern Spain. We have a weather with hot summers and cold winters. This would be perfect exept for the spring and autumn, sometimes quite rainy. In summer we have thunderstorms due to heat, but the day is not as cold as in spring and itīs no problem if it rains. The breeding results are not good compared to other species (e.g Testudo marginata). I have a group of animals from the same importation, so they shoud be from the same geographical area. Then, what fails? Maybe aestivation. Maybe the spring weather maight play a paper too. If they are supposed to do so many things in such short time (feed for all the year, breed...), a bad spring might affect breeding cicles. Some years until the end of April we donīt have really good weather. In mid June they start aestivating. Maybe the time of ovulation is over if they donīt mate succesfully in March-April (and males need many attempts to achieve intromission. In fact I have never seen it, maybe itīs the problem...).In Germany the weather is worse and I heard that some breeders have them in hibernacula until the summer. I donīt know if they have better results.
If someone has good breeding results, please, tell us the secret!


   

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