Category: Turtles & Tortoises

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Chinese National Gets 38 Month In Prison For Financing Turtle Smuggling Ring

Chinese National Gets 38 Month In Prison For Financing Turtle Smuggling Ring

Kang Juntao, 25 and a resident of Hangzhou City, China pleaded guilty to financing a smuggling ring that smuggled about 1,500 protected turtles out of [...]
Video: Seychelles Giant Tortoise Hunts And Eats Bird

Video: Seychelles Giant Tortoise Hunts And Eats Bird

A female giant tortoise pursues a tern chick. Screengrab via Anna Zora. Giant tortoises have traditionally been known to be strictly herbivorou [...]
13 Critically Endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtles Returned To Indonesia

13 Critically Endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtles Returned To Indonesia

Thirteen Rote Island snake-necked turtles (Chelodina mccordi) that were being cared for by Wildlife Reserves Singapore have been returned to Indonesia [...]
Giant Tortoise Found In 2019 Confirmed To Be Previously “Extinct” Species

Giant Tortoise Found In 2019 Confirmed To Be Previously “Extinct” Species

A giant tortoise that was found in 2019 and thought to be an extinct species, is actually the species and is not extinct. Fern, the Fernandina giant t [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
New Book Showcases Rare and Incredible Herp Photography

New Book Showcases Rare and Incredible Herp Photography

All over the world there are extraordinary Reptiles and Amphibians hiding among the unique habitats they exist in, but many of us will never see [...]
Extinct Reptiles and Amphibians

Extinct Reptiles and Amphibians

Extinction means an animal is gone forever, so they will never be back! Reptiles and amphibians are currently facing this risk, where 20% of the descr [...]
Differences Between Reptiles And Amphibians

Differences Between Reptiles And Amphibians

The differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians are challenging to identify. [...]
Sea Turtle Nest Counts Up In Florida's St. Johns County

Sea Turtle Nest Counts Up In Florida's St. Johns County

St. Johns County counted 698 sea turtle nests for the season that ended October 31. [...]

Wisconsin DNR Proposes Removing Blanding's Turtles From Its Endangered Species List

Agency says Emydoidea blandingii populations are stable, recommends removal from state's endangered species list. [...]
More Than 500 Turtle Hatchlings Released In Australia's Fitzroy River

More Than 500 Turtle Hatchlings Released In Australia's Fitzroy River

Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection rescued 42 clutches of turtle eggs. [...]
Turtle Survival Alliance Opens First Turtle And Tortoise Rescue Facility In Myanmar

Turtle Survival Alliance Opens First Turtle And Tortoise Rescue Facility In Myanmar

800 square foot facility is on a major road that illegal turtle traders use to get to China. [...]
NOAA Suspends Planned Use Of Turtle Excluder Devices On Certain Shrimp Trawlers

NOAA Suspends Planned Use Of Turtle Excluder Devices On Certain Shrimp Trawlers

Administration cites data showing TEDs not preventing smaller turtles from being caught in nets of certain shrimp trawlers. [...]
Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchlings Crushed To Death In Trinidad And Tobago Erosion Mitigation Debacle

Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchlings Crushed To Death In Trinidad And Tobago Erosion Mitigation Debacle

Excavation work near popular Mt. Plaisir Estate Restaurant and Hotel also crushes untold number of Dermochelys coriacea eggs. [...]
Tortoise Taped To Balloons And Set Aloft Last Summer Has Been Adopted

Tortoise Taped To Balloons And Set Aloft Last Summer Has Been Adopted

Russian tortoise was found taped to balloons and hanging in eucalyptus trees in Oceanside, CA. [...]
Rescued Ploughshare Tortoises To Kickstart Breeding Program In Europe

Rescued Ploughshare Tortoises To Kickstart Breeding Program In Europe

Seized from smugglers in Hong Kong, 13 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) will be placed in England and the Netherlands. [...]
How To Build A Basic Outdoor Tortoise Pen

How To Build A Basic Outdoor Tortoise Pen

Supplement to the April 2008 REPTILES magazine article "Turning the Tables." [...]
Relationship Between A Pair Of Galapagos Tortoises Ends After 115 Years

Relationship Between A Pair Of Galapagos Tortoises Ends After 115 Years

Bibi, a female, kept attacking Poldi, a male, which resulted in a new enclosure for Poldi. [...]

The Galapagos Versus The Aldabra Tortoise

Bonus content from the May 2012 REPTILES magazine article "Miracle Babies!" [...]
Sulcata Tortoise Health Problems

Sulcata Tortoise Health Problems

1. Pyramiding Pyramiding of the carapace scutes is the most common problem with captive African spurred tortoises (Centrochelys [Geochelo [...]
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