Endangered Map Turtles Hatch at Nashville Zoo
This hatching ranks Nashville Zoo as the third AZA institution to ever successfully breed these beautifully patterned turtles.
Nashville Zoo is excited to announce the hatching of four endangered Yellow-blotched Map Turtles.
During the breeding of this rare species, the Zoo’s Herpetology team was able to decide what sex the hatchlings would be by monitoring the temperatures during the 80-85 day incubation period. Incubating at cooler temperatures typically hatches males and incubating at warmer temperatures hatches more females.
When the time is right and the turtles are ready to emerge from their shells, they are equipped with an egg tooth, which is a hardened piece of keratin that protrudes from the tips of their noses. A team of keepers was on standby during hatching to ensure the smooth and safe hatching of each of the four turtles…