Category: Turtles & Tortoises Information & News

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California Desert Tortoise Mojave Maxine To Emerge From Burrow, Signaling Spring

California Desert Tortoise Mojave Maxine To Emerge From Burrow, Signaling Spring

Mojave Maxine, the California desert tortoise equivalent of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, has not yet ended her brumation, but followers of her are eag [...]
New 2023 CITES Herp Listings

New 2023 CITES Herp Listings

Did you know that your pet herp may be a species of protected wildlife? Many exotic reptiles and amphibians are protected under CITES, also known as t [...]
Two Teens Arrested In Oregon Reptile Store Theft

Two Teens Arrested In Oregon Reptile Store Theft

The woman was charged with first degree theft and second degree burglary and was taken to the Deschutes County Jail. The juvenile was arrested on char [...]
10 Great Christmas Gifts For Reptile Lovers

10 Great Christmas Gifts For Reptile Lovers

It is that time a year. Make your reptile related gift count. Your reptile lover will be thankful! [...]
Keeping And Breeding The African Dwarf Mud Turtle

Keeping And Breeding The African Dwarf Mud Turtle

The African dwarf mud turtle, Pelusios nanus, has been sporadically imported into the United States for the past eight years, making it one of the new [...]
Jonathan The World’s Oldest Giant Tortoise Celebrates 190th Birthday

Jonathan The World’s Oldest Giant Tortoise Celebrates 190th Birthday

Jonathan, an Aldabra giant tortoise (Geochelone gigantea) who also happens to be the world’s oldest land animal, celebrated his 190th birthday at his [...]
Florida FWC Denies Captive Breeding Request of Diamondback Terrapins

Florida FWC Denies Captive Breeding Request of Diamondback Terrapins

The proposal, put out by USARK Florida for commercial breeding of the species would have reduced pressure on wild populations. [...]
Study Determines How Drone Use Affects Behavior of South American River Turtle

Study Determines How Drone Use Affects Behavior of South American River Turtle

From distances of 20 to 40 meters above, the giant South American river turtle was not negatively affected. [...]
Bert The Sulcata Tortoise Seeks New Home In Michigan

Bert The Sulcata Tortoise Seeks New Home In Michigan

Bert the sulcata tortoise is one of 100 animals that the shelter staff have cared for and are in the process of rehoming. The staff is emotionally and [...]
Gopher Tortoise Walks Into Concrete, Saved By Florida’s Peace River Wildlife Center

Gopher Tortoise Walks Into Concrete, Saved By Florida’s Peace River Wildlife Center

The tortoise was found next to a house that was being built, and the sanctuary speculates the nest the tortoise came out of was on an adjacent propert [...]
Aldabra Tortoise Genome Sequence Completed And Released

Aldabra Tortoise Genome Sequence Completed And Released

Hermania, an Aldabra giant tortoise who lives in the Zurich Zoo, served as the animal in which the researchers built the reference genome. [...]
Indian Narrow-Headed Softshell Turtles Hatch At San Diego Zoo

Indian Narrow-Headed Softshell Turtles Hatch At San Diego Zoo

The zoo has had three turtles in their care for 20 years and this past summer, 41 turtles hatched at the facility. [...]
USARK Florida Proposes Captive Breeding of Diamondback Terrapins

USARK Florida Proposes Captive Breeding of Diamondback Terrapins

USARK FL has sent its proposal to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which may rule on the proposal. [...]
Eastern Box Turtle May Be Listed As Threatened By Michigan DNR

Eastern Box Turtle May Be Listed As Threatened By Michigan DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking at potentially changing the state’s endangered and threatened species list and is seeking inpu [...]
Burmese Star Tortoise Population In Yangon Up By 2,072

Burmese Star Tortoise Population In Yangon Up By 2,072

Thanks to captive breeding, the population of the critically endangered species in the country’s Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary has increased to 2,072 [...]
Florida FWC Seeks Input On Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines

Florida FWC Seeks Input On Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines

The gopher tortoise is a federally endangered species that is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. [...]
1st in 75 Years, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Hatch On Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands

1st in 75 Years, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Hatch On Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands

Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been seen on Lousiana’s Chandeleur Islands, marking the first time in 75 years the reptile has been observed [...]
Leucistic Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling Found In Cape Hatteras

Leucistic Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling Found In Cape Hatteras

The turtle has some pigmentation and its eyes are brown, rather than the red that is seen in albino animals. [...]
Sulcata Tortoise Stops Train Service In England

Sulcata Tortoise Stops Train Service In England

The tortoise was found to have been clipped by a train, which caused damage to its shell but he is ok. [...]
Salmonella Sickens 15 People in 11 States Due to Undersized Turtle Purchases, CDC Says

Salmonella Sickens 15 People in 11 States Due to Undersized Turtle Purchases, CDC Says

Those considering the purchase of a turtle should do so from a reputable pet store or turtle breeder and not from street or swap meet vendors or othe [...]
200 Arizona Desert Tortoises Need Homes

200 Arizona Desert Tortoises Need Homes

Most of the Sonoran desert tortoises were seized by folks who were illegally breeding them. [...]
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Celebrates 40 Years Of Sea Turtle Research

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Celebrates 40 Years Of Sea Turtle Research

The conservancy has documented around 8,200 nests in 40 years and has assisted more than 380,000 sea turtle hatchlings to get to their ocean homes. [...]
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