Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Spotted turtles are omnivorous (eats both animal and plant foods) and feeds primarily underwater. Spotted turtles are active all day long in early spring. The sex of the hatchling is determined by nest temperature at specific times during the incubation period. Cooler temperatures produce males and warmer temperatures produce females.

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Community Invited to Enter Penguin Chick Naming Contest


Syracuse, N.Y. (March 23, 2015) - Members of the community are invited to enter the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's online naming contest to help select the names of two Humboldt penguin chicks hatched earlier this season. "Chick A" hatched on January 9 to Mario and Montaña. "Chick B" hatched on January 21 to Frederico and Poquita. It has now been determined that the chicks are both female. The naming contest begins today.

Humboldt penguins live along the coast of Peru and Chile in the Humboldt Current. They are endangered, with an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 surviving in the wild. Given the native habitat of Humboldt penguins, names of Spanish origin are preferred and strongly encouraged for the contest. Contest entrants should also include a brief explanation of why they suggested the name.

Penguin Chick Naming Contest Guidelines:

  • Name suggestions will be taken for five days, March 23-27, on the contest page.
  • All entries must be received by 4 p.m. on March 27.
  • The contest is open to ages 5 and older, with a limit of 1 submission per person. (Please note: any subsequent entries after the first will be disqualified if you submit more than 1 name.)
  • Classrooms, scout troops and other community groups are encouraged to enter.
  • A committee at the zoo will select the top 5 names from those suggested.
  • Top names will be posted on the contest page for voting for 5 days, April 6-10.
  • Voting closes at 4 p.m. on April 10.
  • The 2 names that receive the highest number of votes will be selected as the winners.
  • Winning names will be announced via a media alert and on the zoo's website and social media platforms on April 14.
  • The winners will each receive a Humboldt penguin Adopt an Animal package courtesy of Friends of the Zoo.

The first round of the contest has ended.
Thank you for submitting your name suggestions!

Check back here on April 6 for the top 5 names
and how to vote.

Female penguin names already in use or previously used at the zoo:

Amaya
Ava
Beatriz
Belleza
Bianca
Carmen
Cocotea
Danta
Esperanza
Evita
Filomena
Gabriela
Gisela
Hota
Isa
Juanita
Lola
Lucia
Magdalena
Mara
Marisol
Montaña
Nero
Pilar
Poquita
Rosalita
Sonia
Tierra
Viviana