Animal Update: Australian Snapping Turtles

The northern Australian snapping turtles that hatched at the National Aquarium in 2014 are now on exhibit!

Published May 26, 2017

Our northern Australian snapping turtles are now 3 years old and large enough to be on exhibit in Australia: Wild Extremes. Australian-snapping-turtle-swimming

These turtles are extremely unique. The National Aquarium is the only Aquarium in the United States that has permission to have and display these turtles outside of Australia. Additionally, when these turtles hatched in 2014, it was the first time they had been successfully bred in a facility.

These turtles are native to the Northern Territory and Western Australia. As freshwater turtles, they are found in many rivers within those regions.

When they hatched, these turtles weighed about 24 grams. Adults of this species can reach up to five kilograms in size!

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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