World Turtle News, 05/16/2019
Zoo Knoxville welcomes critically endangered spider tortoise hatchling
Zoo Knoxville has welcomed its latest animal, a Critically Endangered spider tortoise (Pyxis arachnoides) which hatched this week. Spider tortoises are endemic to Madagascar and are the smallest of the island’s four native species.
These tortoises are extremely vulnerable to poaching and illegal collection, which has greatly reduced its wild population. These tortoises are also unique in that females will only lay one egg per clutch and the incubation time for these tortoises is 220-250 days, hence why this species is a conservation priority. To put that into perspective, a green turtle’s incubation period is typically between 45-70 days.
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This Week In Turtles…
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Photo from Smithsonian’s National Zoo.