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MOIST VERMICULITE FOR INCUBATING TURTLE EGGS


By Bruce Schundler

Diamond Back Turtles in NJ
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We had heard about the use of vermiculite in raising Diamond Back turtles in New Jersey (actually in hatching turtle eggs) but never had a good, authoritative article about it. Fortunately, Nancy Burke, Assistant Director of Academic Laboratories and Field Facilities at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey sent us a copy of NAMS Today, a newsletter of Richard Stockton College. In it, Dr. Roz Herlands had written a fascinating article entitled Diamond Terrapin Population--Conservation Efforts.

To read this article, link to: http://www.stockton.edu/~herlandr/newsletterarticle.html

(Please note: This link may only work during regular "school" hours. It seems Richard Stockton College shuts down its computer many evenings and weekends.)


Charles Darwin Research Station (in the Galapagos Islands)

turtles eggs
At the Charles Darwin Research Station, one of the most prestigious and well-publicized research facilities in the world, vermiculite has been used in the incubation chambers and for the bedding material for newly hatched turtles.

We don't know how long the Research Station has been using vermiculite, but we are glad vermiculite is part of this exciting work, and has proven to be so successful!

To read some more about this fascinating work, go to The Galápagos Tortoise Conservation Program: the Plight and Future for the Pinzón Island Tortoise

baby turtles

Galapagos Turtle
Galapagos Turtles


For more information about the use of vermiculite and turtles and reptiles, here are some interesting links:

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