I want to punch climate change in the face. A blog about the interactions between the built environment, people, and nature. - FAQs - Follow - Face - Ask - Donations - Climate Book Store - Submissions

Recent Tweets @climatecote

Breakout Year for India’s Narrow-Headed Softshell Turtle

One of India’s most iconic and recognizable turtles, the Giant Narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) hasbeen a primary focus of TSA India’s program since 2007.

Locating and protecting nests in the upper Ganges, Chambal and lower Yamuna river systems has resulted in thousands of hatchling being released that likely would have not survived.  In the process, much has been learned about the nesting ecology, abundance and distribution of this heavily hunted species.  However, efforts to start a pilot husbandry program, with the goal of refining captive rearing techniques that would allow the development of an assurance colony, have met with setbacks and frustrations over the years.

In an effort to reverse this trend, a solar water heater was installed at one of our captive facilities – Kukrail – and the enclosure was wrapped in plastic sheeting to retain heat.  50 hatchlings were retained for rearing in early 2013, but 30 perished due to temperature extremes.  However 20 survived and now weigh more than 150 grams as of September 2013.  Last week another 60 eggs from two nests were moved to Kukrail for incubation and headstarting again this year.

From Turtle Survival Alliance, one of my favorite conservation non-profits.

  1. ancastoica reblogged this from rorschachx
  2. weibelfong reblogged this from aarontheripper
  3. aarontheripper reblogged this from rorschachx
  4. randy0o reblogged this from climateadaptation
  5. redboots-stuff reblogged this from xiamthekillx
  6. azriarmi reblogged this from rorschachx and added:
    eeeeeee kawan pejo -.-
  7. belezasdavida reblogged this from rorschachx
  8. youprobablydontwanttoknow reblogged this from brandneway
  9. gkar56 reblogged this from rorschachx
  10. opakakaek reblogged this from naturenurtures
  11. naturenurtures reblogged this from rorschachx
  12. baierhugs reblogged this from rorschachx
  13. zenmonkey reblogged this from rorschachx and added:
    I have never seen this thing before. Fantastic!
  14. various-assorted-lemurs reblogged this from blackandwhitecatfoot
  15. andallislove reblogged this from vialidadfallidamty
  16. persephone977 reblogged this from rorschachx
  17. silencetolearnthemusic reblogged this from rorschachx
  18. genericanomaly reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
    I think I found the EEeeen of turtles
  19. greentanager reblogged this from rorschachx
  20. gatadomilenio reblogged this from rorschachx