Chelonia 2002

Welcome to CHELONIA 2002 Turtle Center

CHELONIA 2002 offers a number of

special benefits exclusively to its members:

1. We assist in forming as many breeding groups of freshwater turtle species within our community as possible. Our members already established a high number of highly productive freshwater turtle breeding groups and we provide effective assistance in obtaining additional specimens completing these groups. A special coordinator will be appointed to assist our members with this task.

2. Once a year we organize a two-day annual meeting. High-quality oral presentations are given there by internationally renowned speakers. Previous meetings were held in Paris, Venice, Budapest, Rotterdam, Valencia, and London and the 2013 meeting will be held from April 26 to 28 in Neu-Ulm, Germany. Our members have free access!

3. Several times a year special workshops on selected freshwater turtle groups are held in various European cities. Members have free entrance!

4. At least once a year a special behind-the scenes-tour is offered in the breeding center. The director will guide the tour through the facilities. For members only!

Seventh European Freshwater Turtle Breeders’ Convention

organized by CHELONIA 2002 Freshwater Turtle Breeding Center
Neu-Ulm, Germany, April 26-28, 2013

Location: Schildkröten- und Reptilienzoo Neu-Ulm
Brunnenweg 46
89231 Neu-Ulm / Ludwigsfeld
phone: +49 (0)163 / 5346093

Gerald Fuchs

Please register with Harald Artner -

Attendance fees: the entrance fee is appr. Euro 40 for the whole event and includes entrance fee to the reptile zoo and dinner on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Beverages are not included. The symposium itself is free of charge!

Important: Conference language will be English. Talks given in German or other languages will be simultaneously translated. Note that participation cannot be guaranteed without prior registration! For information about accommodation please contact Gerald Fuchs

Preliminary Program

Friday, April 26

19:00 Meeting and dinner.
Location: Schildkröten- und Reptilienzoo Neu-Ulm, address see above.

20:30 News about the South American sideneck turtle genus Mesoclemmys – Jan Michels, Kiel, Germany


Saturday, April 27

09:15 Welcome speech – Harald ARTNER, Gerald FUCHS & Karl-Heinz WOGRIN

International workshop on Kinosternidae

09:00 Overview on the turtle family Kinosternidae with a focus on the rare species – Walter SACHSSE, Mainz, Germany

09:15 Keeping and Breeding the Florida Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum steindachneri – Andreas HOFER, Krenglbach, Austria

09: 45 The White-lipped Mud Turtle Kinosternon leucostomum. A report on its maintenance in captivity with regular breeding success – Gerald FUCHS, Kaufbeuren, Germany

10:15 Coffee break

10:45 Diapause in eggs of some Mexican Mud Turtles (Kinosternon acutum, Kinosternon creaseri, Kinosternon herrerai): how to break it, how to avoid it, and how to deal with the problem of almost exclusive breeding of females – Harald ARTNER, Sitzenberg-Reidling, Austria

11:30 Keeping and breeding the Pacific Coast Giant Musk Turtle Staurotypus salvinii – Maik SCHILDE, Leipzig, Germany

12:00 My experiences in maintenance and breeding of the Narrow-bridged Musk Turtle Claudius angustatus and the Mexican Giant Musk Turtle Staurotypus triporcatus – Joan LLEBARIA, Barcelona, Spain

12:30 Lunch break and opportunity to visit the reptile facilities of the zoo.

14:00 Keeping and breeding the Loggerhead Musk Turtle Sternotherus minor minor – Arnold FRAUENEDER, St. Agatha, Austria

14:30 One, two or three forms? The Tabasco Mud Turtle Kinosternon acutum: how to recognize and how to breed them – Gerhard WIDMANN, Mauerbach, Austria

15:00 Presentation of live specimens of almost all species of the turtle genus Kinosternon – Gerald FUCHS, Kaufbeuren, Germany & Karl-Heinz WOGRIN, Neu-Ulm, Germany

16:00 Introduction to a possible new identification key to (adult specimens of) the species of the turtle genus Kinosternon – Harald ARTNER, Sitzenberg-Reidling, Austria

16:30 Examination and species determination of live specimens of the genus (in small groups of 4 - 6 persons) Kinosternon and development of a new key to the species, part I – Harald ARTNER, Reidling, Austria, Gerald FUCHS, Kaufbeuren, Germany, Andreas HOFER, Krenglbach, Austria, Walter SACHSSE, Mainz, Germany, Maik SCHILDE, Leipzig, Germany, Benjamin STURLESE, Treviso, Italy, and Gerhard WIDMANN, Mauerbach, Austria.

19:00 Dinner

21:00 Examination and species determination of live specimens of the genus Kinosternon and development of a new key to the species, part II


Sunday, April 28

09:15 Keeping and breeding the Ryukyu Leaf Turtle Geoemyda japonica – Gerhard WIDMANN, Mauerbach, Austria

09:45 News about my breeding project for freshwater turtles in Ecuador – Ferry GRÜNEWALD, Zaandam, The Netherlands

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Breeding McCord’s Snake-neck Turtle Chelodina mccordi mccordi – Oliver RÖMPP, Dewangen, Germany

11:15 Breeding the Yucatan Box Turtle Terrapene yucatana – Harald ARTNER, Sitzenberg-Reidling, Austria

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Examination and species determination of live specimens of the genus Kinosternon and development of a new key to the species, part III

End of the conference at approximately 15:00.

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Observations in the Natural Habitat
and First Successful Breeding of
Acanthochelys macrocephala

- by H. ARTNER -

Acanthochelys macrocephala occurs from southeastern Bolivia and the Pantanal region of Brazil to the Gran Chaco area of Paraguay (RHODIN et al. 1984, BUSKIRK 1988, IVERSON 1992, VINKE & VINKE 2001). It might be present in the Chaco Austral area of northwestern Argentina as well but this still awaits confirmation. The Gran Chaco in south-central South America comprises approximately 800,000 square kilometers (308,882 square miles) in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. Bordered in the north by the Sierra de Santiago in Bolivia and by the Andes in the west, it reaches down to the Sierra de Cordoba in Argentina. Its eastern border is the Rio Paraguay. It is one of the driest areas in South America, especially in its western parts.

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Long Term Maintenance
and Breeding of the
Ornate Box Turtle

Terrapene ornata ornata
(AGASSIZ, 1857)

Adults – The maximum size reported so far is 15.4 cm carapace length (6.06"; ERNST et al. 1994). The carapace is rather roundish and wider than in Terrapene carolina. It is mostly flattened on top and dorsally, and usually there is no vertebral keel present. There are no serrations at the rear of the carapace. Its color is brownish to almost totally black with a yellow mid-dorsal stripe. Light lines are radiating out of the scute centers similar to T. carolina bauri. The plastron is equipped with a strong and fully functional hinge between the pectoral and abdominal scutes thus dividing it into two lobes. Similarly to the carapace also the plastron has a pattern of radiating lines on each scute.

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Chilling the Eggs During Incubation
as the Key to Successful Breeding of the Annam Leaf Turtle
Mauremys annamensis

- by H. ARTNER -

A breeding report of a group of two males and three females of the Annam Leaf Turtle Mauremys annamensis over
a period of several years is given. Notes on the systematic status of the genus Mauremys are provided followed by a detailed
description of the captive maintenance conditions.

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Captive Breeding of
McCord’s Box Turtle
Cuora mccordi ERNST, 1988

- by H. Artner -

Cuora mccordi was described as recently as 1988 on the basis of market/pet trade specimens. There are as yet no reports of the natural occurrence of this species. It may well be that it has already become extinct in its East Asian habitat. The life history of the species is therefore virtually unknown.

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Keeping and Breeding the
Yellow-headed Sideneck
Podocnemis cayennensis
(SCHWEIGGER, 1812) over years

- by Harald Artner -
Keeping and breeding of the Yellow-headed Sideneck or Terecay Podocnemis cayennensis in captivity are described in detail. Own observations and data are compared with other published data. Comments on its distribution, natural history and nomenclatural problems are also given. Until 2000 two adult pairs of the species were kept. Since then only one pair remained. The remaining female has successfully reproduced in 1997, 2001, 2002, and in 2005. All together, 53 hatchlings were produced. They had carapace lengths of appr. 40 mm and weighed 10 g.

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