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After 20 Years Endangered Softshell Turtles Hatch In US Zoo

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The Indian narrow-headed #softshell turtle is a rare and #endangered turtle species that takes nearly two decades to breed. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance in the United States has warmly welcomed 41 little hatchlings of the Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle. A reputable conservation organisation has successfully hatched these rare turtle eggs for the first time in North America. Three of these turtles have lived at the zoo for more than 20 years. The day when they would ultimately procreate had been anticipated by zoo administrators for a very long time. According to San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, the zoo’s management company, the finding was made on Monday.

“This is an exciting time for us at the San Diego Zoo, and an incredible step forward in the conservation of this species,” said Kim Gray, curator of herpetology and ichthyology at the zoo. Two distinct nests were where the eggs were found. While some of the turtle eggs were kept in their natural habitat to achieve the highest likelihood of survival, the remainder of the eggs were kept in an artificial incubator. Turtle experts at the zoo said that because turtles like to lay their eggs overnight and hide them in muck, nests can occasionally be challenging to find in the habitat. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s official Twitter account also posted a thread and a video of the incidents.

The zoo shared the photo with the following statement: We’re happy to have just welcomed 41 Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle hatchlings, becoming the first accredited conservation organisation in North America to hatch these endangered turtles. The Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle, also known as the small-headed softshell turtle, is a species of freshwater turtle that is native to northern India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, according to the Wildlife Institute of India.

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