More new chicks! Meet Sneaky Pip, Polo, Joan Jett, and Nugget (the last two pics are of Nugget). We’re thinking they’re Orpington, Ameraucana, Black Giant, and Ameraucana crosses. Nugget probably shouldn’t be alive (and we may yet have to euthanize him), but I just had to help him out of the egg. The rule of thumb is “if they can’t make it out on their own, then they probably shouldn’t”, but he had pipped and zipped but couldn’t finish the job and I just had to try.


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.

Incredible new research records vocalization of River Turtles & finds that adults ‘talk’ to each other and to their hatchlings! 

Read more below and click through to hear the river turtle recordings! 

(Source BBC News

Scientists in Brazil have managed to eavesdrop on underwater “turtle talk”.

Their recordings have revealed that, in the nesting season, river turtles appear to exchange information vocally - communicating with each other using at least six different sounds.

This included chatter recorded between females and hatchlings.

The researchers say this is the first record of parental care in turtles. It shows they could be vulnerable to the effects of noise pollution, they warn.

The results, published recently in the Journal Herpetologica, include recordings of the strange turtle talk. They reveal that the animals may lead much more socially complex lives than previously thought.

The team, including researchers from theWildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Institute of Amazonian Research carried out their study on the Rio Trombetas in the Amazon between 2009 and 2011.

They used microphones and underwater hydrophones to record more than 250 individual sounds from the animals.

The scientists then analysed these vocalisations and divided them into six different types, correlating each category with a specific behaviour.

Dr Camila Ferrara, of the WCS Brazil programme, told BBC News: “The [exact] meanings aren’t clear… but we think they’re exchanging information.

"We think sound helps the animals to synchronise their activities in the nesting season," she said.

The noises the animals made were subtly different depending on their behaviour. For example, there was a specific sound when adults were migrating through the river, and another when they gathered in front of nesting beaches. There was a different sound again made by adults when they were waiting on the beaches for the arrival of their hatchlings. 

Dr Ferrara believes that the females make these specific sounds to guide hatchlings to and through the water.

"The females wait for the hatchlings," she told BBC News. "And without these sounds, they might not know where to go."

Since many species of turtles live for decades, the researchers also think that young turtles might learn these vocal communication skills from older individuals.