Leopard Tortoises (Stigmochelys pardalis) mating, in the Karoo, South Africa.
So this happened today! I was in the South African bush setting up a timelapse. Heard grunting from behind a bush. Was met by this shocking sight! Leopard Tortoises loudly mating. #Wildlife #Nature #Mating #Animals #Tortoises #SouthAfrica #Sex #Copulation #EarthOnLocation #BBC
Timber Rattlesnake - with two day old babies (Crotalus horridus). Showing parental care. Rhode Island, USA. Photographed as part of a captive breeding and release programme, Roger Williams Park Zoo, RI.
Timber Rattlesnake, Rhode Island, USA
The rare sight of a baby New England Timber Rattlesnake emerging from its mothers coils. These fascinating snakes - one of the few to give birth to live young - were so heavily persecuted that by the 1960's they were almost wiped out in New England. Today a few dedicated conservationists are fighting against an exaggerated public fear in a bid to ensure that the tide is turned. Dr Anne Stengle has tagged a number of female snakes in a forest not far from Boston. Every summer she surveys the population to identify pregnant females. These are captured and temporarily relocated to Roger Williams Park Zoo where Dr. Lou Perrotti and his team have built special enclosures for the snakes to safely give birth in. Here the young grow strong and healthy before they are released back into the wild. This ensures a much higher survival rate than would naturally occur, and in turn is helping to bring the snakes back from the brink. #BBCEarth #EarthOnLocation #Snakes #RogerWilliamsPark #Rattlesnake #Baby #Conservation #NewEngland #Herpetology