Rescued Temple Turtle Lays Eggs

by Heather Lowe


The group of yellow-headed temple turtles (Hieremys annandalii) that was recently rescued from a confiscation in Hong Kong and imported by the TSA seems to be settling into their new Florida home quite nicely. One of the females recently laid eight eggs in the pond! Kenan Harkin, who is serving as the steward for this group, discovered the eggs right away and removed them from the water to an incubator. Five of them have banded, so we are hopeful that they are viable and will keep you posted on their progress. Thanks again to the Columbus Zoo and all of the other donors who helped make this rescue possible!