Category: Turtles & Tortoises Information & News

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Give Turtles A Break On World Turtle Day, New York DEC Says

Give Turtles A Break On World Turtle Day, New York DEC Says

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hopes awareness will help turtles safely cross the roads to their nesting grounds. [...]
Virginia Living Museum’s Two-Headed Turtle Dies

Virginia Living Museum’s Two-Headed Turtle Dies

The two-headed turtle was rescued in Suffolk, Virginia two years ago and was brought to the museum as a hatchling. [...]
Turtle Haulout Built In Baltimore Harbor

Turtle Haulout Built In Baltimore Harbor

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, along with Waterfront Partnership, National Aquarium, Clearwater Mills, LLC and Living Classroom Foundations creat [...]
Giant Malaysian Turtle Surrendered To Wisconsin Animal Rescue

Giant Malaysian Turtle Surrendered To Wisconsin Animal Rescue

“Our ultimate goal is to get him placed in a breeding program with an accredited facility so we can keep his species from going extinct." [...]
Six Western Swamp Tortoises Hatched At Australia’s Adelaide Zoo

Six Western Swamp Tortoises Hatched At Australia’s Adelaide Zoo

Threats to the Western swamp tortoise include land clearing for agriculture, pesticide and fertilizer use, housing development and fire. [...]
Seychelles Island Starts Aldabra Tortoise Census

Seychelles Island Starts Aldabra Tortoise Census

Conservationists on Fregate want to know the population numbers so they launched a four months long census April 6 . [...]
Two Galapagos Tortoises Hatch At The UK’s Crocodiles Of The World

Two Galapagos Tortoises Hatch At The UK’s Crocodiles Of The World

Galapagos tortoises are the largest tortoise species in the world and can live more than 120 years. [...]
U. of Georgia Research Team Wins Tortoise Conservation Award

U. of Georgia Research Team Wins Tortoise Conservation Award

The team made huge contributions to the head-starting of the desert tortoise. [...]
No Fernandina Giant Tortoises Found After Extensive Search

No Fernandina Giant Tortoises Found After Extensive Search

While the initial hope to find another Fernandina giant tortoise, a second expedition is slated for later in 2022 that will use a helicopter. [...]
Kentucky Man Sentenced To 15 Months For Violating Lacey Act

Kentucky Man Sentenced To 15 Months For Violating Lacey Act

Christopher Cool had 246 Eastern box turtles in his possession with the intent to sell and ship the turtles outside Kentucky. [...]
ESA Protections For Sonoran Desert Tortoise Not Needed, USFWS Says

ESA Protections For Sonoran Desert Tortoise Not Needed, USFWS Says

The service says that the reptile still occupies most of its historical range with adult population estimates in the hundreds of thousands. [...]
California Bill Aims To Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions

California Bill Aims To Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions

The Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act would require The California Department of Transportation to identify barriers that inhibit wildlife moveme [...]
America COMPETES Act of 2022

America COMPETES Act of 2022

This bill gives supreme unilateral authority to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine what species can be imported into the U.S. [...]
Florida FWC Executive Order Helps Relocate Gopher Tortoises

Florida FWC Executive Order Helps Relocate Gopher Tortoises

The gopher tortoise is a federally endangered species that is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). [...]
Former Texas Mayor’s Yellow-Footed Tortoise Returns Home After 38 Days Missing

Former Texas Mayor’s Yellow-Footed Tortoise Returns Home After 38 Days Missing

Diego, a yellow-footed tortoise that was rescued by Daniel Guerrero,the former mayor of San Marcos’ TX two years ago, somehow went missing October 26 [...]
Florida Rule Prohibits Diamondback Terrapin Collection, Safer Blue Crab Traps

Florida Rule Prohibits Diamondback Terrapin Collection, Safer Blue Crab Traps

The rule also requires recreational blue crabbers to install turtle excluder devices in their traps. [...]
Gisele Bündchen Saves Sea Turtle Entangled In Ghost Fishing Net

Gisele Bündchen Saves Sea Turtle Entangled In Ghost Fishing Net

Supermodel and environmental advocate Gisele Bündchen posted a video onto her Instagram account of a sea turtle entangled in a ghost fishing net on a [...]
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 [...]
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