A pair of Flat Turtles Add to the Bandung Zoo Collection
Bazoga's reptile curator, Panji Ahmad Fauzan, said the amphibian is unique in its shell which resembles wood fibers. In addition, the flat turtle has thorns on the sides of its shell as a means of self-protection from predators.
"We have flat turtles with 17 birds, now we have increased to 19," said Panji in Bazoga, Bandung City, Saturday, August 1, 2020.
The two turtles, he said, hatched on May 15, 2020. Of the three turtle eggs that were hatched, he said only two tails had successfully hatched.
Panji explained that this endemic animal population can be found in Southeast Asia. For the archipelago, he said, turtles can be found in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Bali.
"If the population is Indonesia, some time ago I was looking for, there has been no research, but these animals have not been protected, usually there are still those who sell," said Panji.
The tortoise, both male and female, can reach 25 centimeters in size. In one egg, the turtle can give birth to two to four eggs with an incubation period of up to 75 days.
"When he was a child, at the edges there was a kind of sharp thorn, it became a protection from predators, if you want to be eaten, it would be more difficult, but if you grow up, the thorns are somewhat lost," he said.
After laying eggs, Panji said the Bandung Zoo immediately made a semi-natural incubator by preparing a place filled with sand, soil and litter in its cage. "After he hatches, he lives a lot in water, because to avoid predators on land, then after he grows up he will move ashore," he said.