25 Adorable Hatchlings That Are Too Cute For Their Own Good

Pictures of animal babies are among the cutest and most lovable things that can be found on the internet. While the viviparous animals´ birth itself is not always that cute (in some cases, such as a giraffe birth, it can even look pretty rough), animal babies hatching from their eggs are always adorable, no matter what species it is. So from baby baby turtles to playful ducks these 25 adorable hatchlings that are too cute for their own good will definitely make you smile.

25. Madagascar giant day gecko

flickr.com As the name suggests, this lizard can be found in the tropical and subtropical forest of Madagascar. During the breeding season (between November and May), the females lay up to 6 pairs of eggs. At a temperature of 28°C (82 F), the young will hatch after approximately 60-65 days. The juveniles measure 7 cm (2.8 inches) and reach sexual maturity after one year.

24. Red-winged blackbird

naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com The red-winged blackbird is a passerine bird living in North and Central America. Females lay a clutch of three or four, rarely five, eggs to a nest which is usually located just a few inches above water. The eggs are incubated by the female alone, and hatch in 11 to 12 days. Red-winged blackbirds are hatched blind and naked.

23. Wolf eel

scrippsblogs.ucsd.edu Native to the northern Pacific Ocean, ranging from the Sea of Japan to southern California, the wolf eel is a marine predator closely relative to wolf fish. Despite the cute newborn baby look, fully grown specimen are armed with strong jaws and can be can over 2 meters (80 in) long. However, wolf eels are curious and friendly animals, rarely aggressive.

22. Bearded dragon

www.fotothing.com Members of this genus live in the arid, rocky, semi-desert regions and dry open woodlands of Australia. Males grow up to 60 cm (24 in) long, and females up to 50 cm (20 in). Females usually lay 10 – 35 eggs. Thanks to their calm and friendly nature, they are often kept as pets.

21. Lobster

www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk Lobsters are large marine crustaceans with a hard protective exoskeleton. They can live up to 60 years which allows them to reach impressive sizes. The largest lobster ever caught weighed over 20 kilograms (44 lb). When female releases eggs through her oviducts, they are fertilized by stored sperm. They are then attached to the female’s swimmerets using an adhesive, where they are cared for until they are ready to hatch.

20. Komodo dragon

wildliferesearch.org Found in several Indonesian islands, the Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 meters (10 ft). The female lays her eggs in burrows cut into the side of a hill or in abandoned nesting mound. Clutches contain an average of 20 eggs, which have an incubation period of 7-8 months.

19. Galápagos tortoise

www.galapagosexpeditions.com Galápagos tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise weighing up to 250 kg (550 pounds). With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, it is also one of the longest-lived vertebrates. Females lay up to 16 spherical, hard-shelled eggs into a 30 cm (12 in) deep cylindrical hole. Young animals usually emerge from the nest after 4 to 8 months and may weigh only 50 grams (1.8 oz).

18. Humboldt penguin

www.oregonzoo.org Humboldt penguins are medium-sized penguins that live in South America. Females lay one, two or three eggs in an onshore nest and share the egg sitting duties with the male for about 40 days until the little chicks hatch.

17. King cobra

pixdaus.com Found in forests from India through Southeast Asia, the king cobra is the world’s longest venomous snake reaching up to 5.7 m (19 feet) in length. The king cobra is unusual among snakes in that the female king cobra is a very dedicated and careful parent. Females usually lay 20 to 40 eggs into the mound, which acts as an incubator. 45 to 55 cm (18 to 22 inches) long baby cobras hatch after 60 to 90 days.

16. Ostrich

www.bridgat.com Native to Africa, the ostrich is a large flightless bird notable for its long neck and legs, and the ability to run as fast as 70 kilometers per hour (40 mph). The female ostrich lays her eggs in a huge single communal nest. Every hen can distinguish her own eggs from the others in the nest. The chicks hatch after 35 to 45 days.

15. Fiji tree frog

www.ryanphotographic.com Officially known as Platymantis vitiensis, the Fiji tree frog is one of two endemic frogs in Fiji. It is a locally common species that lives in moist tropical lowland forests. Females lay around up to 60 eggs inside prepared nests. Embryonic development occurs around 30 days and the froglets hatch directly from these eggs forgoing to the tadpole stage.

14. Nile crocodile

www.independent.co.uk This African crocodile is the second largest extant reptile in the world, after the saltwater crocodile. On average, the Nile crocodile is between 4.1 meters (13 ft) to 5 meters (16 ft) long, but specimens measuring up to 6.1 meters (20 ft) in length and weighing 907 kg (2,000 lb) have been recorded. Female lay between 25 and 80 eggs. At birth, the hatchlings are just about 30 cm (12 in) long.

13. Echidna

aso.gov.au Echidna is one of four extant species that are the only extant mammals to lay eggs. Endemic to Australia and New Guinea, echidnas evidently evolved between 20 and 50 million years ago. The female lays a single leathery egg 22 days after mating, and deposits it into her pouch. Hatching takes place after 10 days. The young echidna then sucks milk from the pores of the two milk patches and remains in the pouch for 45 to 55 days, at which time it starts to develop spines.

12. Flamingo

www.wwt.org.uk Currently there are 6 species of these wading birds. Flamingos are very social birds; they live in colonies whose population can number into the thousands. They aggressively defend their nesting sites and eggs and after the chicks hatch, both the male and the female feed them.

11. Hermann’s tortoise

www.reptileforums.co.uk Hermann’s tortoises are small to medium-sized tortoises native to southern Europe. Between May and July, females deposit between 2 and 12 eggs into flask-shaped nests dug into the soil. The pinkish-white eggs are incubated for around 90 days and, like with many reptiles, the temperature at which the eggs are incubated determines the hatchlings sex.

10. Golden eagle

www.bwoodphotography.com Golden eagle is the most widely distributed species of eagle in the world. Their clutches have been recorded range in size from 1 to 4 eggs, though two is the norm with an incubation period of about 41 to 45 days. The golden eagle chick may be heard from within the egg 15 hours before it begins hatching.

9. Chameleon

twentytwowords.com The’re approximately 160 known species of chameleon which come in a range of colors, and patterns. Chameleons are famous for their independently mobile eyes and their ability to change their colors. Chameleon eggs generally hatch after 4 to 12 months, depending on species but the eggs of Parson’s chameleon, a species which is rare in captivity, are believed to take more than 24 months to hatch.

8. Red king crab

seagrant.uaf.edu Native to the Bering Sea, red king crab is the most coveted of the commercially sold king crab species. Despite the tiny babies, they can grow to a leg span of 1.8 m (5.9 ft) and their carapace can be as wide as 28 cm (11 in). It was named after the color it turns when it is cooked rather than the color of a living animal.

7. Alligator

www.valdosta.edu There are only two living alligator species now – the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. The sex of the offspring is determined by the temperature in the nest and is fixed within 7 to 21 days of the start of incubation. If the temperature is lower than 86 °F (30 °C), it will be a clutch of females. If it is of 93 °F (34 °C) or higher, it will produce entirely males.

6. Swan

www.flickr.com Swans are among the largest members of waterfowl as well as flying birds. They usually mate for life, though “divorce” does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure. The number of eggs in each clutch ranges from three to eight.

5. Platypus

cutepics.org Endemic to eastern Australia, platypus is a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists to such extent that some of them considered the animal an elaborate hoax.

4. Snow hognose snake

snakesnmoresnakes.blogspot.com The hognose snakes are characterized by an upturned snout and an extremely variable color and pattern. The largest of the hognose snakes can reach lengths of up to 1.8 m (6 feet). Some species are also notorious for playing dead when threatened.

3. Octopus

imgur.com Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible of all invertebrates. All 300 recognized species are venomous, but only one group, the blue-ringed octopus, is known to be deadly to humans. After they have been fertilized, female octopuses can lay as many as hundreds of thousands of eggs.

2. Duck

incubatorwarehouse.com Ducks are mostly aquatic birds found in both fresh water and sea water. Most ducks are monogamous and breed once a year, choosing to do so in favorable conditions. Mother ducks are very caring and protective of their young, but may abandon some of their ducklings if they are physically stuck in an area they cannot get out of or are not prospering due to genetic defects.

1. Loggerhead sea turtle

www.dailymail.co.uk Loggerhead sea turtle is distributed throughout the world. They usually measure around 90 cm (35 inches) long when fully grown, although larger specimens of up to 280 cm (110 inches) have been discovered. Females have an average clutch size of 112 eggs that they lay into a pit dug in sand onshore.

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