Houston Zoo First To Successfully Breed Big-Headed Turtles In Captitivity
The Houston Zoo proudly announced the birth of five Madagascan big-headed turtles today, the eighteenth most endangered species of turtle in the world. It was the first birth for zoos worldwide.
Though most turtles have very small heads in relation to their shell size, there are several species of big-headed turtles, most of which are endangered, like the Madagascar turtle. Here is a full-size Madagascar big-headed turtle, which once thrived in the rivers and other slow-moving fresh waters in the western lowlands of Madagascar.
The Madagascar big-headed turtle has been hunted for food by the islanders and illegally shipped to Asia for its purported medicinal properties. It is also endangered by land development.
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