Australia Staff Caring for Eight Snapping Turtle Hatchlings!

We’re excited to share that our staff in Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes is now caring for eight snapping turtle hatchlings!

snapping turtle hatchlings

After announcing our first hatchling in late February, Aquarium staff have been very excited to see so many additional hatchlings emerge! The National Aquarium is the only Aquarium in the United States to house this turtle species. This occasion marks the first time any facility has successfully bred northern Australian snapping turtles!

All of our hatchlings are doing great – staff have observed them exhibiting lots of healthy behavior like swimming and basking in the open. The team will continue to monitor and care for these babies behind-the-scenes until they’re are grown enough to transition into the exhibit habitats.

Stay tuned for more updates as these hatchlings continue to grow! 

8 Responses to “Australia Staff Caring for Eight Snapping Turtle Hatchlings!”


  1. 2 Linda Davenport March 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Very exciting!! Lived in Qld. (Brisbane) for 23 years & know about these turtles; wonderful that they are being “shared” here in the U.S. Volunteer at the NC Aquarium, Fort Fisher, NC so have a lot of interest in all kinds of turtles! keep me posted if possible!

  2. 3 Denise Lewis March 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    We hatched 98 snapping turtles here in Michigan. We set all but one free in the lake where the raccoons had dug them up. I kept one for over 10 years.

  3. 4 Alex Wright March 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Cant wait until they are in exhibit habitats!!!

  4. 5 Shanell Watson March 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Absolutely adorable🙂

  5. 6 lexi koogle March 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    those little guys are so cute ,that I want one myself. Can’t wait to see them.

  6. 7 soetoro April 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

    How do these turtles differ from the North American common snapping turtle or our Alligator snapping turtle?

    • 8 National Aquarium April 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      The main difference between species is their range. Additionally, the alligator snapping turtle is an opportunistic/mostly carnivorous feeder, whereas the Australian snapping turtle is herbivorous!


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