Look at these little cuties #feelingfresh - freshly hatched that is! Recent research has given us the knowledge to successfully hatch eggs laid by our #turtle patients in care. Last year we saw our first hatchlings released into the wild and we are beginning to see this year’s babies emerge! Zoom in on that baby box turtle and you can even see its little #eggtooth , which helps it break free from the eggshell.
This is a particularly egg-citing development since studies show that #boxturtle populations are in decline. So please help us welcome this little box turtle and #redearedslider , shown here at less than a week old getting their first swim. As soon as they are ready, they’ll be headed out for their #wildrelease !
And remember as we head towards cooler weather - our turtle friends will be headed for their dens where they will spend the winter so be cautious on the roads and if it is safe, you can help them across a road in the direction they were traveling. #turtle#iliketurtles #🐢 #wildbaby#babyturtle#wildliferehab#wildliferescue#reptile#coldblooded#stl#stlouis#missouri
Wait for it…😉
Happy #TurtleTuesday with this incredible Galapagos tortoise hatchling. .
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Credit: @crittercatchermeg & @jason3jsabels