Not Your Usual Box Turtle

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Photograph © National Geographic/George Grall

There is a turtle in the state of Coahuila, Mexico that doesn’t act like a regular box turtle.  This turtle is semi- aquatic.  It has the handy dandy hinges so that it can close itself up for protection but it spends at least as much time in the water as it does on land.  This turtle only lives in the Cuatro Cienegas Basin in Coahuila and inhabits permanent and seasonal wetlands.

An animal with a very restricted range is already more susceptible to extinction; add to that the fragmentation of their habitat due to manmade canals and wells and exotic invasive plants, and you have a recipe for disaster.  So as you can imagine, the Coahuilan box turtle is endangered.  We are happy to have them here at our zoo and after 65 days of incubation and weighing in at a whopping 4.8 grams, we are especially happy to announce the hatching of our newest baby-a Coahuilan box turtle!

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