Category: Turtles & Tortoises Information & News

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Florida Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Nesting Turtles And Turtle Nests

Florida Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Nesting Turtles And Turtle Nests

If you live in the state of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants you to know that it is turtle nesting season. The FWC [...]
Dehydrated Box Turtle Found Painted With Nail Polish and Glitter Dies

Dehydrated Box Turtle Found Painted With Nail Polish and Glitter Dies

An eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) that was found dehydrated with its shell painted with nail polish and glitter has died. The turtle [...]
Sonoran Desert Tortoise Under Consideration For ESA Protections, Again

Sonoran Desert Tortoise Under Consideration For ESA Protections, Again

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015 decided against protecting the Sonoran desert tortoise (Gopherus morafkai) under the Endangered Species Act [...]
Buffalo Zoo Wants Stolen Red-Footed Tortoise Returned

Buffalo Zoo Wants Stolen Red-Footed Tortoise Returned

Someone stole the Buffalo Zoo's resident red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria), and the zoo is hoping that she will be returned safely. Red, as [...]
53-Year Old Tortoise Whose Owner Died of COVID19 Gets Adopted

53-Year Old Tortoise Whose Owner Died of COVID19 Gets Adopted

Ms. Jennifer had celebrated her 53rd birthday when she was adopted. [...]
Check Out Robert Irwin’s Lockdown Buddy!

Check Out Robert Irwin’s Lockdown Buddy!

Robert Irwin and Igloo stop for a photo during self-isolation. [...]
Researchers Describe New Mata Mata Turtle Species

Researchers Describe New Mata Mata Turtle Species

The turtles diverged during the Miocene period, about 13 million years ago. [...]
COVID-19 Lockdowns Beneficial To Nesting Sea Turtles

COVID-19 Lockdowns Beneficial To Nesting Sea Turtles

The effects of stay at home orders are having beneficial effects for sea turtle nestings as beaches become devoid of human life. [...]
During COVID-19 Lockdown, South American River Turtle At Emperor Valley Zoo Lays Eggs On Land

During COVID-19 Lockdown, South American River Turtle At Emperor Valley Zoo Lays Eggs On Land

Zookeepers believe because of the lack of noise due to the lockdown, the turtle laid her eggs on land instead of water. [...]
Due to COVID-19 Lockdown, Satellite-Tracking Equipped Juvenile Green Sea Turtles Released By USCG

Due to COVID-19 Lockdown, Satellite-Tracking Equipped Juvenile Green Sea Turtles Released By USCG

Three six-month-old green sea turtle outfitted with satellite tracker were released by the U.S. Coast Guard. [...]
California Desert Tortoise Needs Stronger Protections, Conservation Group Says

California Desert Tortoise Needs Stronger Protections, Conservation Group Says

It is speculated that there are more desert tortoises in captivity than in the wild. [...]
Seized Indian Star Tortoises Tagged And Released Back Into Wild

Seized Indian Star Tortoises Tagged And Released Back Into Wild

The reptiles were seized from smugglers in Singapore back in 2018. [...]
As Plastic Soaks In The Ocean It Begins To Smell Like Food, And Sea Turtles Ingest It

As Plastic Soaks In The Ocean It Begins To Smell Like Food, And Sea Turtles Ingest It

Plastic in the ocean is coated with algae and microorganisms that the turtles mistake for food. [...]
Pinta Island Tortoise Not Totally Extinct As Tortoise With 16 Percent Pinta Genes Discovered

Pinta Island Tortoise Not Totally Extinct As Tortoise With 16 Percent Pinta Genes Discovered

The tortoise will be part of a breeding program to bolster the population of the Pinta Island tortoise. [...]
Florida Urged To Require Turtle Excluder Devices For Blue Crab Traps

Florida Urged To Require Turtle Excluder Devices For Blue Crab Traps

Diamondback terrapins get caught in crab pots and drown, turtle experts say. [...]
Green Sea Turtle Rescued Off Argentina Pooped Out Plastic During Rehab

Green Sea Turtle Rescued Off Argentina Pooped Out Plastic During Rehab

The turtle, which is doing better, expelled more than 13 grams of plastic from its digestive system. [...]
Center for Biological Diversity Sues Trump Administration For Failing To Protect Two Map Turtle Species

Center for Biological Diversity Sues Trump Administration For Failing To Protect Two Map Turtle Species

The Pearl River map turtle and the Pascagoula map turtle are only known to inhabit two river systems in Mississippi and Louisiana. [...]
South Carolina Bill Calls For Protections of Reptiles And Amphibians From Commercial Trade

South Carolina Bill Calls For Protections of Reptiles And Amphibians From Commercial Trade

Reptiles and amphibians would be better protected under a proposed law in South Carolina. [...]
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