The tiny turtles hatched on November 10 after 56 days of incubation. This is the first successful breeding of this endangered species at the Aquarium!
In 2004, Australia staff received a special memorandum of understanding with the Australian government to help manage this species. We are one of the only facilities outside of Australia to house this species!
The Mary River turtle is native to the southeastern part of Queensland, Australia. Their broad, oval shells are usually dark brown in color and covered in algae. Like many other aquatic species, these turtles can breath through their cloacal orifices (aka turtle bums).
After almost 20 years of unregulated egg harvesting for the pet trade, the Mary River turtle landed on the IUCN’s Endangered Species List in the late 1990s.
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