Found only on the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, these hawks have become extinct on five islands. They prey on invertebrates, small lizards, snakes, and tortoise and sea turtle hatchlings, and also eat carrion and food scraps from humans. Nesting at any time of year, females form groups with several males, breeding with all of them and raising the chicks together in a system known as “cooperative polyandry.” They build nests in low branches or on the ground from grass, bark, leaves, and other materials, reusing them for several years. Classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, they are at risk due to persecution from humans, competition for food with introduced predators, and their small range.
Rarer than most gemstones and arguably more beautiful, these hatchling Geometric Tortoises (Psammobates geometricus) and their habitat are in desperate need of protection. The Turtle Conservancy is currently expanding our Geometric Tortoise Preserve to ensure a future for this Critically Endangered species.
Magic snake and soaking babies both for @wheremyscalesslither since she loves my torts and says I am trying to kill my snake by letting him climb. Also @evrengreywrites here is another angle to show his climbing magic. The baby pancake tortoises, one is a little over a year old the other is about 2 months, not sure why they love to soak right before bed, but they crack me up when they do.
A hatchling Madagascar Big-headed Turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis) at Durrell Wildlife’s breeding center in Madagascar. Listed as the worlds 15th most endangered turtle or tortoise, the conservation work being done in Madagascar is imperative to its survival.
A hatchling Geometric Tortoise (Psammobates geometricus) on a property near our newly formed preserve. As we work to expand the first and only Geometric Tortoise preserve more and more of these Critically endangered animals will be protected.
Happy Turtle Tuesday! The Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle (Geoemyda japonica) is a species of turtle endemic to the Ryukyu Islands in Japan. And was designated a National Natural Monument of Japan in 1975. We breed this rare and endangered species at our conservation center to ensure its preservation.