Auckland Zoo’s adorable Galapagos tortoise hatchling needs a name! Will it be Pinta or Marle, after two of the Galapagos Islands these extraordinary creatures can be found at? Or will it be Tiny, a name that will become delightfully ironic in years to come, as it grows between 2500 and 4000 times its current body weight.
Our unisex name choices might sound like an on-trend selection, but they also serve another purpose. Like other tortoises, it is hard to determine the gender of a young Galapagos hatchling, as the giveaway signs come as their bodies grow and mature. Typically, a male will have a much longer tail than a female, and the plastron (underbelly side of the shell) will be flatter in a female.