Category: Turtles & Tortoises Information & News

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TSA Documents 100th Alligator Snapping Turtle In Texas’ Buffalo Bayou

TSA Documents 100th Alligator Snapping Turtle In Texas’ Buffalo Bayou

The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) announced last week that it has captured, tagged and released the 99th and 100th alligator snapping turtle (Macroch [...]
New Restrictions Proposed On Box Turtles, Native Herps In Virginia

New Restrictions Proposed On Box Turtles, Native Herps In Virginia

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has proposed new restrictions on the keeping of native reptiles and amphibians, and would ban the keepin [...]
38 Gopher Tortoises Released In Mississippi By The Nature Conservancy

38 Gopher Tortoises Released In Mississippi By The Nature Conservancy

Mississippi just gained an additional 38 gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in the wild as the Nature Conservancy earlier this month released the [...]
Tortoise Stolen From Florida’s Riverland Nursery

Tortoise Stolen From Florida’s Riverland Nursery

Someone stole Calypso, a yellow-footed tortoise (Geochelone denticulata) from the Riverland Nursery in Fort Myers, Florida, and the folks at the nurse [...]
South Carolina Man Charged With Violating Lacey Act, Trafficking In Vipers And Turtles

South Carolina Man Charged With Violating Lacey Act, Trafficking In Vipers And Turtles

The United States Department of Justice has charged a South Carolina man with violating the Lacey Act for allegedly trafficking in spotted turtles (Cl [...]
Working With The Rare Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle

Working With The Rare Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle

The Japanese government thought so highly of the unique and beautiful Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda japonica) that the turtle was design [...]
Arizona Game & Fish Has More Than 100 Sonoran Desert Tortoises For Adoption

Arizona Game & Fish Has More Than 100 Sonoran Desert Tortoises For Adoption

If you live in the state of Arizona and are considering a tortoise, the Arizona Game & Fish department announced it will hold an adoption event fo [...]
5 Key Elements of Reptile Nutrition

5 Key Elements of Reptile Nutrition

From turtles and tortoises to iguanas and lizards, a complete and balanced diet is critical for the health and longevity of reptiles. Complete means a [...]
The Successful Return Of 12 Indian Star Tortoises Back Into The Wild

The Successful Return Of 12 Indian Star Tortoises Back Into The Wild

The Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans), one of the most beautiful tortoises in all of Asia, is sadly disappearing from the India landscape. Esc [...]
10 Southern River Terrapins Released Back Into The Wilds Of Cambodia

10 Southern River Terrapins Released Back Into The Wilds Of Cambodia

The Wildlife Conservation Society in coordination with Cambodia's Department of Fisheries Conservation of the Fisheries Administration of the Ministry [...]
Female Yangtze Giant Soft-Shell Turtle Discovered In Vietnamese Lake

Female Yangtze Giant Soft-Shell Turtle Discovered In Vietnamese Lake

Sixteen months after the last known female Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died at the Suzhou Zoo in China, a female of this critic [...]
Gulf Snapping Turtle <em>Elseya lavarackorum</em> Renamed <em>Elseya oneiros</em>

Gulf Snapping Turtle Elseya lavarackorum Renamed Elseya oneiros

The Gulf snapping turtle, Elseya lavarackorum, so named in 1997, is actually a new species of turtle, and Elseya lavarackorum is probably extinct, sci [...]
8 Southwestern Pond Turtles Rescued From Fire Devastated California Mountains

8 Southwestern Pond Turtles Rescued From Fire Devastated California Mountains

Biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), University of Califo [...]
New Limits In Effect On Native Herp Possession In South Carolina

New Limits In Effect On Native Herp Possession In South Carolina

The state of South Carolina has announced new limits on the possession, collection and transfer of the state's native reptiles and amphibians. The la [...]
Wild Turtles In South Carolina Now Protected From Poaching

Wild Turtles In South Carolina Now Protected From Poaching

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill last week that bans the trade of the state’s native turtles, hopefully ending poaching of these repti [...]
California Desert Tortoise Granted Temporary Endangered Species Status

California Desert Tortoise Granted Temporary Endangered Species Status

The Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) has been granted temporary endangered species status by the California Fish and Game Commission. The c [...]
Researchers Track Sea Turtle Poachers With 3-D Printed Eggs

Researchers Track Sea Turtle Poachers With 3-D Printed Eggs

Sea turtle poaching is a big problem throughout much of the world where the reptiles lay their eggs, so researchers at the University of Kent in Engla [...]
Desert Tortoise Survives Not One, But Two Utah Wildfires

Desert Tortoise Survives Not One, But Two Utah Wildfires

A Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) was observed during a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources fire destruction survey in southern Utah with [...]
Colorado Police Officer Helps Turtle Cross The Road

Colorado Police Officer Helps Turtle Cross The Road

Officers with the Fort Collins Police Services in Fort Collins, CO happened upon a wayward snapping turtle on a busy roadway. The police officer caref [...]
Researchers Return Box Turtles To The Wild Via “Soft-Pen” Release

Researchers Return Box Turtles To The Wild Via “Soft-Pen” Release

When turtles are taken illegally from the wild, they can’t readily be returned, because they usually don’t survive. Turtles generally have a known ran [...]
Captive Breeding Program For The Spotted Turtle Launched In Ohio

Captive Breeding Program For The Spotted Turtle Launched In Ohio

The spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, and is under review for protections under the Endangered Species Ac [...]
Once Functionally Extinct Burmese Roofed Turtle Now Number More Than 1,000

Once Functionally Extinct Burmese Roofed Turtle Now Number More Than 1,000

The Burmese roofed turtle (Batagur trivittata), a river turtle native to Burma, now known as Myanmar and other rivers in Asia was thought to be extinc [...]
Gopher Tortoise Conservation Plan Updated And Announced By USDA

Gopher Tortoise Conservation Plan Updated And Announced By USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will continue its conservation efforts of the gopher tortoise (Go [...]
Florida FWC Traps 100-Pound Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle

Florida FWC Traps 100-Pound Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle

Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute were checking traps last week that were set for the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle [...]
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