Category: Turtles & Tortoises Information & News

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Endangered Species Act Protections Proposed For Alligator Snapping Turtle

Endangered Species Act Protections Proposed For Alligator Snapping Turtle

Overharvesting for the meat trade has led to severe population declines of the alligator snapping turtle. [...]
Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Efforts In Illinois Bolstered By $260,000 State Grant

Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Efforts In Illinois Bolstered By $260,000 State Grant

Northern Illinois University received a $260,000 grant to help with Blanding's turtle conservation efforts. [...]
27 Captive Bred Aldabra Tortoises Released On Seychelles’ Desroches Island

27 Captive Bred Aldabra Tortoises Released On Seychelles’ Desroches Island

The  Island Conservation Society on the Seychelles Islands announced it has released 27 Aldabra giant tortoises (Geochelone gigantea) on the wild side [...]
Marines Work To Protect Sea Turtle Nests On Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Marines Work To Protect Sea Turtle Nests On Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Scientists with Marine Corps Base Hawaii and U.S. Marines are working together to ensure this year's green sea turtle nesting season goes off without [...]
Florida’s Sunken Gardens Alligator Snapping Turtle, Mac, Passes Away

Florida’s Sunken Gardens Alligator Snapping Turtle, Mac, Passes Away

Mac, the popular alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) that has greeted visitors for more than 50 years at the Sunken Gardens in St. Pete [...]
15 Galapagos Tortoises Slaughtered On Isabela Island

15 Galapagos Tortoises Slaughtered On Isabela Island

The Galapagos Conservancy has reported that 15 giant Galapagos tortoises were slaughtered in the wild on Isabela Island earlier this month. According [...]
Two-headed Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling Doing Well At MA’s Cape Wildlife Center

Two-headed Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling Doing Well At MA’s Cape Wildlife Center

A two-headed diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) that hatched in a head start nesting site in Barnstable, MA is doing well at the Cape Wildlife [...]
Want To Keep And Care For A Tortoise? Read These Tips

Want To Keep And Care For A Tortoise? Read These Tips

I was about 7 years old when I saw my first tortoise. The Central Park Zoo had a nice reptile collection, but for me, there was just that one, enormou [...]
Chinese National Gets 38 Month In Prison For Financing Turtle Smuggling Ring

Chinese National Gets 38 Month In Prison For Financing Turtle Smuggling Ring

Kang Juntao, 25 and a resident of Hangzhou City, China pleaded guilty to financing a smuggling ring that smuggled about 1,500 protected turtles out of [...]
Lizard King Michael Van Nostrand Charged With Illegally Trafficking Wildlife

Lizard King Michael Van Nostrand Charged With Illegally Trafficking Wildlife

Michael Van Nostrand, the man known as the “Lizard King” and who was sentenced to eight months in prison back in 1998 for smuggling protected wildlife [...]
Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) should be listed as endangered under the state of California’s Endangered Species Act, The Californi [...]
Study Highlights Marine Plastic Ingestion In Sea Turtles

Study Highlights Marine Plastic Ingestion In Sea Turtles

A 2018 study found that micro plastics and what is now called marine plastics have been found in all seven marine turtle species. That study looked at [...]
Gopher Tortoise Painted Pink, Florida FWC Seeking Culprit

Gopher Tortoise Painted Pink, Florida FWC Seeking Culprit

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is actively seeking any information leading to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators who pai [...]
Houston Zoo Hatches Four Painted Terrapins

Houston Zoo Hatches Four Painted Terrapins

The Houston Zoo announced last week that it has successfully hatched four painted terrapin turtles (Batagur borneoensis), the first time the zoo has h [...]
Scientist Hatches Turtles From Eggs Of Road-killed Mama Turtle

Scientist Hatches Turtles From Eggs Of Road-killed Mama Turtle

A scientist in Ann Arbor, MI was driving home in early June 2021, and pulled over to help a turtle cross the road when upon going to retrieve the rept [...]
Florida Man Buys Land To Help Save Local Gopher Tortoise Population

Florida Man Buys Land To Help Save Local Gopher Tortoise Population

A man on Marco Island in Florida has acquired a vacant plot of land next to his home to ensure that the gopher tortoises that live on the plot are ens [...]
$13,000 Reward For Info Leading to Arrest And Conviction Galapagos Tortoise Killers

$13,000 Reward For Info Leading to Arrest And Conviction Galapagos Tortoise Killers

Early this month two would-be tortoise thieves attempted to steal Jasmine, a 27-year-old Galapagos tortoise from Jerry Fife, an expert on tortoises an [...]
Nashville Biologists Track Eastern Box Turtles

Nashville Biologists Track Eastern Box Turtles

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere are tracking eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in Na [...]
Two Palawan Forest Turtles Released Into The Wild

Two Palawan Forest Turtles Released Into The Wild

The first two captive-bred Palawan forest turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis) from a captive breeding program on Palawan island in the Philippines hav [...]
Does Your State Offer A Reptile-Themed License Plate?

Does Your State Offer A Reptile-Themed License Plate?

Does your state have a reptile-themed license plate? Well if you live in West Virginia, the state released a new plate featuring an image of an Easter [...]
Sulcata Tortoise Suffering From MBD Gets Mobile With Aid of Custom Wheelchair

Sulcata Tortoise Suffering From MBD Gets Mobile With Aid of Custom Wheelchair

An 11-year-old Sulcata tortoise who has been suffering from metabolic bone disease since birth was outfitted with a custom wheelchair to help him move [...]
Finding The Fernandina Giant Tortoise

Finding The Fernandina Giant Tortoise

This story appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of REPTILES magazine. There I stood, boots digging into the black crust of volcanic rock, looking ou [...]
Three Things You Need To Know About Tortoise Food

Three Things You Need To Know About Tortoise Food

As a proud tortoise owner, you know your reptile needs good nutrition to stay healthy and well but what does a balanced, complete tortoise diet includ [...]
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Re:wild Non-Profit To Help Rewild Galapagos Islands

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Re:wild Non-Profit To Help Rewild Galapagos Islands

An environmental organization cofounded by Leonardo DiCaprio this week announced that it will work, in partnership with the Galápagos National Park Di [...]
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