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Endangered Keeled Box Turtle Babies

Hatching in time for Halloween is a keeled box turtle, an endangered Asian turtle. The Houston Zoo is one of only a few institutions to breed this species and we are very excited to welcome three new babies!

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Keeled box turtles have a wide range, but their numbers are very low. They are endangered due to over-collection for consumption and habitat destruction, problems that also face many other Asian turtles.

baby-turtle-2They live in rocky forests and eat plants, fruits, and invertebrates like worms and snails. Interested in learning more? Visit our website to learn how the Houston Zoo is saving animals in the wild and check out these great sites with loads of turtle info: www.turtlesurvival.org and www.asianturtleprogram.org

 

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