Advertisement

Baby turtles hatch at Aquarium, new admission discounts announced

There are some new residents of the National Aquarium now that four big-headed Amazon River turtles have hatched. The aquarium said today that it believes this is the first time this type of turtle has been bred successfully in North America.

"We are always excited to welcome new animals to the Aquarium," said National Aquarium's Curator of Rainforest Exhibits Ken Howell. "But even more exciting is that this specific event will provide important insights regarding incubation techniques for this species in the future."

Advertisement

Near the end of May, Aquarium staff found that their female big-headed turtle had buried eggs in the soil of the Amazon River Forest exhibit. The eggs were transferred to an incubator and carefully monitored. The babies, which do not have names, will be added to the exhibit when they are a bit older.

The omnivorous turtles are native to Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Venezuela and Ecuador. The babies are on a diet of earthworms, fish and crickets.

In a separate announcement, the aquarium said it is adjusting its Fridays After Five program to be a year-round discount instead of ending in the spring as it generally does. Visitors who arrive after 5:00 on Friday afternoons can get tickets for $12 per person instead of the regular ticket price of $34.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids ages 3 to 11.

The aquarium also has a Maryland Mornings discount in which adult tickets are discounted by $10 and kids' tickets are discounted by $5 for visitors who come to the aquarium before noon any day except Saturdays.

For more information, visit aqua.org.

Advertisement
Advertisement