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Animal Update - September 14

Published September 14, 2012

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we're bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what's going on... here's what's new this week!

New Mississippi Map Turtles

Two Mississippi map turtles have been added to the Mississippi River exhibit of our America's Freshwater Ecosystems gallery. The  female, “Edy Van Halen” and  male, “David Lee Roth” aptly gained their names from the similar “V” Van Halen logo  on the top of their heads!

Our male Mississippi map turtle, David Lee Roth

Females of this species are considerably larger than males, the can grow to be up to 10 inches long! Generally, female turtles are larger so that they can expand their abdomen as eggs develop. Males only need to grow large enough to be able to mate with females.

Our female, Edy Van Halen

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

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