Monday, October 15, 2012

Keeled box turtle hatches at the Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium has one of the largest turtle collections on display with more than 500 individuals representing 75 species. 

Aquarium herpetologists are proud to announce the arrival of a tiny, new face with the Aquarium’s first successful hatching of a keeled box turtle, Cuora mouhotii—a species classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Natureand Natural Resources (IUCN). 


 The keeled box turtle is found in mountainous terrain and evergreen forests of India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Armed with a golden shell with a ridge down the center for protection, these turtles feed on fallen fruit and vegetation.
 
Their population is low and declining due to the major threat of poaching for Chinese traditional medicine, food, and international pet trade. 

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