Monday, July 4, 2011

Galapagos Tortoise and their breeding

Turtles are wonderful creatures, so many people like to keep these animals in their home class. But people have very little knowledge about this field. So in this article I will give a simple introduction of a type of turtle, Galapagos tortoise.

Galapagos Turtles live as long as 150 years, but they become sexually mature at an early stage, which is about 20-25 years of breeding in zoos, and 40 years for those living in the wild. When they reach maturity, they begin to marriage. To increase their period can last a long time, from January to August. There is one interesting thing about their approach to marry. In some wildlife documentary, we see some fights scenes between men. It may also occur in turtles, but their rules are very strange. When fighting breaks out in men, the two sides facing each other, open your mouth and stretch your head in the sky as high as they can. The winner will get the girl.

After mating, nesting females will be in place several miles away to find a suitable place to lay eggs. This area should be dry and sandy, so they can bury their eggs. Once settling on the right side, he will take a long time to dig a hole about 12 inches deep, in which he puts hard shelled eggs that resemble billiard balls. Usually they can lay 2-16 eggs at once. So he uses it in the sand. After that, he will make a muddy plug mixed with urine to seal the nest hole. Next he would press it firmly on his Plastron. After completing all the works, he will leave the eggs hatch in the hot sun. Unlike most animals that gender is confirmed, before they come out, be it a man or a woman to break out from the egg is determined by temperature. Discipline is that if the temperature is low, more men are. If it is high, more women.

Pregnancy can vary from 4-8 months. In contrast, grew turtle, the baby is very small, weighs only 50 grams and measures 6 cm. When the young turtles begin their shell, these little creatures digging their way to the surface, which can cost up to a month. So it is entirely up to them to live in the outside world. Usually during the first 10-15 years, they will be warmer low-lying areas to practice their own to match their surroundings. A few years later when they become sexually mature, they can spread their own children as well.

Now that you have enough knowledge about the turtle. You can go to the animal and the island to see the animals and you get more fun.

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