I'm a "nice keeper" here in South West Florida..... : )Thanks, Scott. Looking forward to the straight carapace length of your female when you get the time, too.
Every time I get a phayrei hatchling, I am pretty much enthralled. My keeper hatchling from last summer is a bit over 7" scl now. The one I will grow out for myself this year is just getting started at 2.25" scl and roughly a week old now. I am hoping the production I expect next year will prove bountiful. I really enjoy working with phayrei. There are a couple of nice keepers I know who are working with emys in the Tampa general area. Besides yourself and myself, I think most of the public Floridian phayrei-cultivating guys are further North and further South.
If the majority of your 2017 eggs hatch, what is your plan for them? If you feel like mentioning it, that is.
I'm a "nice keeper" here in South West Florida..... : )
My apologies. I did not mean to exclude you and should have been more specific. I was referring to people with breeding adults or breeding colonies and who own them outright (as opposed to the people who are working through organizational loans or have animals that are not yet sexually mature). There are many, many nice keepers who have juveniles all across the state. I hope that you are able to someday participate when your little ones become monsters and if the sexes work out favorably. I just remembered another breeder maybe twenty minutes from me, too, whose farm I have been overdue to visit. There is a keeper another county over as well, but his animals will never breed in their keeping conditions (the individual has a tendency to "accumulate" more so than accommodate the phayrei he obtains), unfortunately, as they get only enough to subsist as things are.
I have been really pleased to see Scott get eggs, though, and have been hoping he would since I noticed his pair's photos last year sometime. My friendly acquaintances who breed phayrei usually get eggs, but the viability varies a lot from year to year. For me, it is more of an entirely binary yes/no production thing and less of a viability issue. More no than yes this season, but things are still settling into their arrangements. Next year should be a pretty big year.
@Baoh , I'm not sure of the plans yet to be honest. It will depend on viability I suppose. At a minimum we probably would hold a few back and I'd love to trade for other bloodlines.
We had some home school kids come over today so I finally got a chance to measure Grapes. She is 22" SCL.