All babies are small compared to their parents, but there is something particularly awesome about the size difference between this proud mama Galápagos Tortoise and her tiny new hatchlings, who emerged from their shells back in January 2014 at Australia’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This zoo became the first in Australia to successfully breed Galápagos Tortoises when RJ, the slightly larger baby you see standing between the wee hatchlings and parent, hatched three years ago.

One of the longest-living vertebrates, Galápagos Tortoises can live for over 100 years in the wild and reach weights of around 880 pounds (400 kg) and lenghths of up to 5 feet (1.5 m). They are found only on the Galápagos archipelago, west of continental Ecuador.

Head over to ZooBorns for additional photos and to learn more about Galápagos Tortoises.

"Little Cooks" - These little dragons love to cook! They have a unique sense of flavor in their palettes and would love to fix a meal for you!

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The Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders would like to welcome these incredibly small and overwhelmingly cute veiled chameleon hatchlings into the world. These tiny treasures, each measuring about 5 cm (1.9 in) long, are the first of their species to hatch at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia in over 5 years.

“Currently housed in a special temperature-controlled area behind the scenes at Taronga’s Reptile World, the hatchlings have begun feeding on crickets and turning on a bright green colour display for keepers. Reptile supervisor, Michael McFadden said the chameleons, which are native to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, would be mature and able to showcase their full colour palette within a year. “Veiled Chameleons are a visually amazing species that we’re fortunate to have at Taronga. While they’re not endangered, they do play an important educational role in helping us to get people excited about reptiles and reptile conservation.”

Even better still, these bright green babies are from the first and second out of three clutches of eggs, so there are even more chameleons on the way. The third clutch is just starting to hatch now. Zoo visitors will be able to see the chameleons in person as soon as they reach maturity. For now they’ve got their hands full perching on fingertips and realizing that their heads are smaller than a button.

[via Laughing Squid and the Daily Mail]

Dragons don’t consider breeding together to be something inherently romantic - having children is just considered a general duty for the clan and all of the adult members of the clan raises the children together. A dragon is often in a romantic relationship with one or more dragons, while also breeding with many other dragons they consider their friends and nothing more.