Hey fans! Remember Myrtle, the Galapagos tortoise that laid eggs back in May?
Well, her eggs have begun to hatch!
This clutch was incubated at 83F to produce males. Usually, our herpetarium staff will incubate the eggs to produce females, since females are what’s most needed in breeding programs. But every few years, they incubate for males.
These hatchlings will live with us for at least 5 years before they are sent off to new facilities and once they are of breeding age, they will be matched with a mate! 🐢 📷: Ashley Ortega- Herpetarium Supervisor