One of the world’s rarest turtles has hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
The tiny, six-week-old Vietnamese box turtle weighs just 14.6g and is around the size of a matchbox.
The turtle is so precious that it is being kept off-show, in a climate-controlled quarantine room. Once old enough it will join the six adult box turtles in the custom-built Asian turtle breeding room in Bristol Zoo’s Reptile House. . It hatched after being kept at a constant temperature in an incubator for 85 days.
It is the second time the Zoo has bred this critically endangered species, which it has kept for 12 years. The Zoo’s first Vietnamese box turtle hatched in 2012 and is doing very well, thriving on a diet of snails, worms and chopped fruit.
An adult box turtle weighs around 1kg, measures around 20cm long and can live up to 50-years-old.
Box turtles are mainly terrestrial, although they will enter shallow water to hunt and soak.