i'd like the opinion of all concerning this letter:
"....personal thing about reptiles - I have never sold a snake or
do trade some once in awhile and have collected specimens for large
zoos and museums but never for money. Most of my hatchlings are
released into the wild after about three years. I don't agree with
those that say you can't release captive born turtles into the wild
have them survive. First off I keep my turtles on natural diets of
fish, worms, aquatic plants, etc. that these young turtles would
find in the wild and I usually release the young in the same area the
parents came from - hence I'm not altering the native gene pool.
The way I see it if I hatch a dozen baby turtles and say I release
in the wild 3 years later (when their size provides better survival
chances) mother nature already has come out ahead because in the wild
hatchlings suffer probably higher than 90% mortality rate during the
i'm thinking about breeding my turtles and am wondering what to do
with the babies(after solving the challenges of successful breeding).
i've always thought that captive born turtles wouln't stand much
chance of survival in the wild but this guy has some good points.
what does everyone think??