We're excited to share some baby news out of our Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit! On the morning of February 14th, one of our herpetologists discovered a northern Australian snapping turtle hatchling!
The eggs, laid by our female Australian snapping turtle on September 4, 2013, were immediately placed in an incubator behind-the-scenes for close observation. This is the first hatchling to emerge from the group!
The National Aquarium is the only Aquarium in the United States to house this turtle species. Further more, this occasion marks the first time any facility has successfully bred northern Australian snapping turtles!
Our baby currently ways about 24 grams. Adults of this species can reach up to five kilograms in size!
Our new hatchling will remain behind-the-scenes until it is large enough to safely transition onto exhibit.
Stay tuned for more updates as our team continues to monitor the remainder of our eggs!