…Mary river turtles that is.
This endangered Mary river turtle (Elusor macrurus) is ready to start the next generation. In the wild, these turtles are very particular about where they lay. For this reason, in this captive specimen, we elected to induce her artificially. X-rays were taken to confirm how many eggs were inside before induction. She was given calcium by injection and an injection of oxytocin. This did the trick and she laid all of her eggs. One egg was damaged when she stepped on it during the process. The other eggs were collected and placed into an incubation medium where 4 of them quickly banded (indicating they were viable). We are anxiously waiting for hatching to occur.