Earlier this month, a clutch of five Razor-backed Musk Turtles hatched from eggs that were laid in the Delta Swamp at the beginning of May. This species gets its common name from the distinct, sharp keel that runs along the length of shell.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, IUCN, the Razor-backed Musk Turtle is a widespread, locally abundant species throughout its range in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
The babies currenty live in a special turtle incubator room at the Aquarium.
(Photos by Bill Hughes)