Reproductive Biology

Populations are usually composed mainly of hermaphrodites with the percentage of males ranging from 0-40% in natural populations. Hermaphrodites are able to produce drought-resistant cysts that are carried in a brood chamber inside the carapace. These eggs are usually released into a burrow dug by the hermaphrodites. Develops extremely fast, with an individual reaching reproductive size in 4-6 days under natural conditions.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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