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.
Four of five Madagasgar big-headed turtles born at Houston Zoo: image via chron.com
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.
Adult Madagasgar big-headed turtle: image via wikipedia.org
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.
sources: Houston Chronicle, Wikipedia
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