Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rare Turtles Hatch at the Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Aquarium herpetologists have been quite busy recently. Six red-necked pond turtles (Mauremys nigricans), seen above, hatched recently from eggs that were laid in the Asian River exhibit about two months ago. The adults are currently on display in that display. The Tennessee Aquarium is currently the only U.S. zoo working with this species, which is considered endangered in the wild in its native China.

Three yellow-blotched map turtles (Graptemys flavimaculata), above two images, also hatched recently. This species is classified as Threatened by the Endangered Species Act. Some of the babies from last year are on display in the nursery tanks in Turtle World gallery. Some older animals can be seen in the Pascagoula exhibit in Discovery Hall which is located inside the Aquarium's River Journey building.

Newly hatched turtle babies like these still have their egg tooth which they use to break out of the eggshell. It's the white, pointed object in the close-up images below the turtle's nostrils.
Visit the Tennessee Aquarium to see one of the world's largest living collections of turtle species. You'll be amazed by the beauty of these creatures.


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The above comment (squares W/ numbers) lead to a porn site. I would have thought that the Aquarium would check stuff out before posting.

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