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Family

  • Emydidae

Lifespan

  • Up to 30 years

Size

  • Male shell length: ~11.5 inches
  • Female shell length: ~9.5 inches

Range

  • Native to Southeastern United States, but as a result of their popularity in the pet trade, their eventual escape of release from captivity improperly has resulted in this turtle being found on all continents except Antarctica.

Habitat

  • Shallow, slow-moving freshwater with abundant plant life.

Diet

  • Omnivorous. Though young tend to be more carnivorous and adults tend to be more herbivorous.

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  • Oviparous, egg laying.
  • Females dig a jug-shaped nest in damp soil. Traveling over up to half a mile to find a suitable nesting site
  • Females lay 5-20 eggs per clutch
  • Up to three clutches per year
  • Eggs hatch after incubating for 60-91 days

Interesting facts

  • Considered one of the top 100 invasive species of the world

Conservation status

  • CITES –Not Listed
  • IUCN –Least concern

Sources

  1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  2. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/1242026/overview
  3. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

 Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima manni

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Family

  • Geoemydidae

Lifespan

  • In the wild: 30+ years
  • In captivity: On average 1 year. Seldom does well in captivity. Record age 20.4 years

Size

  • Male Length: ~7 inches
  • Females Length: ~8 inches

Range

  • Central America: Southern Nicaragua to Northwest Costa Rica

Habitat

  • Damp woodlands, terrestrial lowlands, clearings near water sources

Diet

  • In the wild: Wild flowers, fruit, grasses, fish, worms, and insects
  • At the zoo: Greens, crickets, mealworms, fresh water turtle diet, mixed produce

Reproduction

  • Oviparous, egg laying
  • Male head bobbling is common in courtship, also follows females and "noses her tail and shell
  • Eggs are laid between May and December, usually in soil or leaf litter
  • Clutch size 3-5 eggs with an average of 4 clutches per year
  • Temperature sex determination, 24-27 degrees celsius produces males, 27-30 degrees celsius can produce both males and females, and temperatures above 30 degrees celsius produce females

Interesting facts

  • These turtles do not do well in captivity. Their health rapidly deteriorates. An exact cause is yet to be determined.
  • One of four subspecies of the painted wood turtles
  • One of the most colorful of the painted wood turtles
  • Serves as a biological control of agricultural pests, especially insects

Conservation status

  • CITES –Not Listed
  • IUCN –Not Listed

Sources

  1. Animal Diversity Web. Accessed February 2016. http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Rhinoclemmys_pulcherrima/
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  3. Encyclopedia of Life.org Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima. Accessed February, 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/790816/overview
  4. Encyclopedia of Life.org Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima manni. Accessed February, 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/1275188/overview
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/searchturtlecaw fb1

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Family

  • Psittidae

Lifespan

  • In captivity up to 46 years

Size

  • Length: ~27 inches

Range

  • A fragmented range spanning from Mexico to Argentine

Habitat

  • Humid lowland forest and adjacent cleared areas, wooded foothills and canyons

Diet

  • In the wild: Seeds, nuts, berries and fruit

Reproduction

  • Breeding season in Mexico is June
  • Lay a clutch of 2-3 eggs
  • Nest on cliff-faces or large trees for protection

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Vulnerable

Sources

  1. AnAge The Animal Ageing and Longevity Database. Ara militaris Entry. Accessed February, 2016. http://genomics.senescence.info/species/entry.php?species=Ara_militaris
  2. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  3. ARKive.org Miliarty Macaw Fact Sheet. Accessed February, 2016. http://www.arkive.org/military-macaw/ara-militaris/
  4. BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Ara militaris. Accessed February, 2016 http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=1549
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

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Family

  • Psittacidae

Lifespan

  • In captivity up to 49.7 years
  • Unconfirmed anecdotal reports of over 100 years

Size

  • Length: 12-14 inches

Range

  • Found in the central archipelagos of Indonesia and on East Timor
  • Was once widespread and common in the 19th Century but by the 1980s had undergone a rapid decline and was vanishing from most areas of its former range.

Habitat

  • Forest savannah, forest edge, scrub, and agricultural areas

Diet

  • In the wild: Fruit, flowers, and seeds

Reproduction

  • Mating season is from September to May.

Special adaptations

  • Calls are laud and vry raucous. Often gives a single harsh screech but also sweeter whistles and squeaky notes.

Interesting facts

  • Because of their small size, these birds are targeted by the illegal pet trade; this has had a devastating effect on their population and continues to be a problem to date.

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Critically Endangered

Sources

    1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
    2. ARKive.org. Accessed February, 2016. http://www.arkive.org/yellow-crested-cockatoo/cacatua-sulphurea/
    3. Bird Life.org Accessed February, 2016.http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22684777

    4. Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed January 2016. http://www.eol.org/pages/328660/details
    5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/searchcockatoosc fb1

Name the Turtle Coloring Contest
We need your help finding the perfect name for a sea turtle!

 

Underwater photographer Rob Quartermain, the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, and Hartley Outdoor Education Hawksbill Sea TurtleCenter are partnering together to provide students with a unique opportunity to name a sea turtle from Bonaire, located in Dutch Caribbean!

Bonaire is an island off the north coast of South America, near the western part of Venezuela. Visit www.tourismbonaire.com to learn more! Surrounded by beautiful ocean waves, it is the perfect home for a sea turtle!

The winner will be selected in late summer or early fall. 

 

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