Critically Endangered Tortoises hatch at Australian Zoo
Four Western Swamp Turtles (Pseudemydura umbrina) hatched at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo may be small, but they are extremely important to this critically endangered Australian reptile species.
The first of the Tortoises hatched on March 28, but the three remaining eggs hatched over a three-day period from May 13-15. It is not unusual for Western Swamp Tortoises to remain in the egg, fully developed, until the right weather conditions are present for hatching.
Zoo staff report that the baby Tortoises are developing well and feast regularly on their favorite foods – brine shrimp and mosquito larvae. In the wild, these small Tortoises live in fresh water and rarely weigh more than one pound (500g) as adults…