Media Release: St Andrews Aquarium new residents: Snap, Sting and Pop

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ST ANDREWS Aquarium in Fife has welcomed even more new residents with the arrival of a very rare and what is Scotland’s largest, Alligator Snapping Turtle, six Southern Stingrays and three baby Bearded Dragons who hatched earlier in the week.

Begins a spokesperson: “Rated as vulnerable, the Alligator Snapping Turtle is expected to be approximately 40 inches when fully grown and is the largest of its kind in Scotland at the moment, if not the UK. The new resident has been rehomed into its very own tank and is notoriously, rather dangerous. One snap, it is believed, could relieve you of your finger.

“Transferred to the Fife visitor attraction from London Aquarium, the six Southern Stingrays have now taken up residence in the shark tank alongside the Aquarium’s young black tip reef shark. Their wingspan is currently around 25cm but they can grow up to 1.5m in size.

“The three baby beaded dragons are now settling into their enclosure with their parents, having hatched one by one over the past week.”

Andrew Whiston, displays manager of St Andrews Aquarium commented:

“We are really excited about our latest additions to the Aquarium. The building has been filled with excitement recently whilst we were waiting for all our new animals to arrive and our visitors have been really enjoying learning about them. Our alligator snapping turtle has been the talk of the aquarium though, with visitors commenting on just how big he is and his unusual mouth!”

Photocall: Available on Request at St Andrews Aquarium, Fife.

St Andrews Aquarium is open every day to visitors from 10am to 6pm with last admissions at 5pm.

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