Tortuga

Weight by month

June 2013 April 2015 May 2015 September 2015
unknown 102 grams 93 grams 99 grams
Tortuga

Tortuga is a smaller juvenile, but definitely too big to be considered a baby. Although first photographed in 2013, we weren’t able to keep track of each turtle’s progress until 2015, because that was when we were able to document every turtle’s pattern and give it a name. Since there are several turtles around the same size (including Emory, Golden Sparkles, Onezie, and Twenty Four), it would be interesting to see if they all have the same parents. If so, maybe they all hatched from the same clutch of eggs!

In the game below, try several different possible mothers and fathers, and be sure to also try the turtles mentioned above. Those parents with the most microsatellite matches are most likely the right mom and dad, and if you aren’t sure what microsatellites are, click here.

Remember: not getting a match is just as helpful as matching, because we only want to find one mother and one father… otherwise we’ll never tell who the parents are! Please pay careful attention to the numbers and letters, try several different parents, and when you’re done, please answer the questions below.

Which turtle might be Tortuga's mother?

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Which turtle might be Tortuga's father?

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