Saturday, 8 September 2012

Vietnamese box turtles bred successfully at Bristol Zoo


Critically endangered Vietnamese box turtles have been bred successfully for the first time in a British zoo.
A baby Vietnamese box turtle, which is one of the world's rarest turtles, was born at Bristol Zoo in July and is now roughly the size of a matchbox.
Reptile curator, Tim Skelton, said it was a 40-year "career highlight" as the species was very difficult to breed.
The youngster, called Vernon, is being kept in a climate-controlled room and hand fed chopped worms by keepers.
He currently weighs 28g and measures around 5cm (2in) long.

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