Hatchling of the McCord’s snake neck turtle

The McCord’s snake-neck turtle (Chelodina mccordi) occurs only on the tiny Indonesian island of Roti. After its initial description in 1994 the species got massively collected for the international pet trade and is now on the very brink of extinction in the wild. Overall 7 out of 9 eggs hatched.

Two more clutches with more than 20 eggs are still in the incubator. The dam is one of the few surviving wild collected founder specimens in Europe. Thus, her descendants represent an important contribution to the genetic diversity of the species. Our goal is to finally reintroduce the offspring into its natural habitat on Roti Island.

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