Category: Turtles & Tortoises Information & News

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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 [...]
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

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 [...]
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