In Nikolaev zoo on January 17 in the “Aquaterrarium” section after 4 months of waiting we received from the egg, which all this time was in the incubator, a Balkan baby turtle.
Parents, a 19-year-old male named Mustafa and an 18-year-old female Aishe, were joined in 2017 in a pair. Reproduction and clutch were done in the new summer aviary for turtles. The laying of 3 eggs was immediately dug up by the staff and moved to a special incubator, where the temperature was maintained at 28 °C and humidity 50–60%. Experts regularly monitored the condition of the eggs with the help of an ovoscope.
The Balkan tortoise (Testudo hermanni) lives in southern Europe – from Spain in the west to the European part of Turkey in the east. The northern boundary of the range is in South-West Romania.
The number of Balkan turtles over the past decade has been greatly reduced, as they are actively being hunted: they are caught for sale, food, and their shells are used to make souvenir products. Preserving this species is the main task of zoos.
Water agama, a representative of the agamov family (Physignathus cocincinus) also had replenishment. This is the second generation of the form. Two cubs hatched on January 15 and another one – on January 17. The cubs still look more like tadpoles, no longer than the little finger and weighing 2.53g. However, they are already demonstrating temper, they themselves hunt marble cockroaches and are growing rapidly. The cubs live separately from their parents, because adults can damage fragile children. Ideal conditions are created in the cubs’ aviary. First of all, it was supplied with a pond, snags and a UV lamp. Under natural conditions water agamas like to sit on branches or trunks of the trees. They spend some time in the water, where they jump in case of danger.
Agama is widespread in Southeast Asia in the east and south of the Indochina peninsula in Cambodia, Vietnam and adjacent areas of South China, Thailand.