A turtle is emerging:
(Emys o. orbicularis)
I (Karin) succided in making some photos of our pond turtles during the summer 2003. From the females search for nesting places and till the eggs are laid.
Our largest outdoor terrarium for both land and pondturtles is about 450 m2 with a fairly large and deep pond for our Emys. Pond turtles live here all year round.
From mid March we can find them basking at the sides of the pond. Our European pond turtles originates from northern Germany. There are reports of pond turtles in Denmark, but noone is sure if they are natural or introducet. Genetically they belong to the northern form equal to the animals from Polen, and not to the more southern forms
In May the females leaves the water and seeks the area for a suitible nesting place. Normally they are on this quest for 2-3 days before they in the late afternoon walks strait to their prefered place and starts digging. At our place only females above 500g has bred.
After some hours of hard work the eggchamber is made and the eggs are laid. After that she covers it all up again. Sometimes this work takes all night, but they are always finished in the morning. This nesting place is easy to see but sometimes it is nearly impossible to see what has happened.
To insure our own collection, we have removed the eggs and placed them in our incubators. When removing the soil only one or two eggs are visible.
Below their is a nice bottleshaped eggchamber where the rest of the eggs are placed. This year we let a few eggs be in the nests to see if they will hatch on their own outside. One nest couldn`t be found, so maybe there will be found babies next year, because they usually hibernate in the nest.
Here is a youngster hatching in 2002.
This one is comming out in the front of the egg, but that is not always so.
All out and ready to eksplore the world.
A clutch from 2002.
Here is the first youngster from 2003, ½ hour old.
O year, 1 year and 2 years old. All babies has stayed inside so far but will come outdoors next year. Their inclosure should be protected from large birds.
Late October we found this little beauty outside. He is the only one found so far, but he proves that it can be done in our climate.