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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 three incredible small Electric Blue Gecko babies who recently hatched at the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire, England. This is the very first time that the park has successfully bred this wonderful wee species. In the wild they’re only found in a small area of the Kimboza Forest in Tanzania, less than 8 square kilometers (3 square miles), and are classified as a Critically Endangered species by the IUCN. Their numbers have been critically reduced due to demand from the illegal pet trade and habitat loss.

Curator of Cotswold Wildlife Park, Jamie Craig, commented, “Our specialist Reptile Department has been working on perfecting their husbandry techniques with this species, and these hatchlings are an excellent reward for their dedication. It is a real achievement for the park and we are continuing to get eggs and have a high success rate.”

All three awesome little baby geckos are healthy and currently being cared for in climate-controlled incubators. Head over to ZooBorns to learn more about these lovely little lizards. The bottom photo shows what they’ll look like when they grow up, 2 to 3 inches and a brilliant shade of electric blue.

Photos by the Cotswold Wildlife Park

[via ZooBorns]

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.

Gembond, while ostensibly a disease, is seen as a positive one, with gembond dragons looked upon favorably (especially amongst Earth dragons, who see gembond as a blessing from the Earthshaker). Many dragons with it will take good care of their gems with many polishing them to a high sheen, much to the fascination of hatchlings (and adults who like shiny things), who love watching the light glint off them. Dragons with gembond, crystal, and facet are treated particularly well.