Snake-necked turtles look like creatures from fantasy—they’re a little weird and a little whimsical, but they’re beautiful, too. Visitors of all ages get a big kick out of these odd turtles. They are active and interactive. They spend much of their day swimming throughout their exhibit, but when you stop to observe them, they flock to the glass, crowding around to watch you.
Last October, our Reptile Discovery Center team welcomed four snake-necked turtle hatchlings, the species’ first offspring at the Zoo in 9 years. When they emerged from their shells between Oct. 13 and 20, they were the size of a quarter and weighed about 3 grams. All four could easily fit in the palm of my hand.