At the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC), the Four-eyed Turtles are nesting in preparation for Easter.

A Four-eyed Turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata) showing the beautiful eye spots on the head that give the species its name. Photo by: Timothy McCormack - ATP/IMC

Within the last month staff at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam, have been inspecting the enclosures daily for the arrival of new eggs. As the weather warms up most of the species are now laying and most recently since the 20th of March 2017 the team have found 8 clutches with 22 eggs of the endangered Four-eyed Turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata). (17 eggs are currently being incubated, unfortunately a few appeared to have been damaged during laying).  The species is not easy to keep or incubate in captivity but the team have place the eggs into a special incubator chiller built by the Asian Turtle Program (ATP). This will allow the eggs to be cooled as ambient room temperatures in Cuc Phuong will soon be too warm for this species and overheated eggs would die.

Although it is close the Easter these eggs will not be painted and rolled as is a tradition in some countries. We hope to bring you updates on more species nesting and hatching soon.

We would like to our sincere thanks to those that have supported the TCC during past period.  World Land Trust, Bristol Zoo, Zoological Society of London and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Date: 12th April 2017
Press release by: Nguyen Thu Thuy – ATP/IMC

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