VENOMOUS BEAUTY. BABY WHIPTAIL STINGRAYS WERE BORN IN THE ZOO.
“We have 2 females and 2 males of whiptail stingrays. They were about 10 centimeters long. We determined their gender when they were about a month old. From the first minutes of life stingrays are absolutely independent and do not need parental care,” said Svetlana Akulova, General Director of Moscow Zoo.
The stingrays will reach the size of an adult animal in about 3-4 years. In nature, stingrays keep growing during all their lives, adult animals can reach a length of 80 cm.
Whiptail stingrays live in the fresh waters of South America. Their tail is shaped like a whip with a venomous sting at the end. The stingray poison reacts on the receptors, increasing the painful sensations, therefore its sting is very painful, but rarely can be life threatening.
In nature stingrays feed on small fish, as well as crustaceans, mollusks and insects. In the Zoo, we feed them with shrimps, mussels, squid and fish - pink salmon or chum salmon.
Stingrays have been living in our Zoo for about 5 years; you can see them in the “Exotarium” located on the New Territory.