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8-Year-Old Chinese Boy Caught Smuggling His Pet Turtle at Airport

The Top 10 Reptiles Most Reliant on Zoo Breeding Programs for Survival

Turtles Can Talk to Each Other

Is it Art or Tortoise Abuse?

Two-Headed Turtle Thelma and Louise Dies

Florida Teens Who Tortured and Killed Baby Gopher Tortoise Arrested

The two girls recorded video of themselves torturing and then killing a juvenile gopher tortoise, a threatened species.

Two Teen Girls Set Endangered Gopher Tortoise on Fire

Florida Fish and Wildlife is working with the state attorney's office to consider charges.

Tortoise Takes Play out of Uruguay's Luis Suarez's Playbook and Bites His Opponent

A tortoise plays with a dog's ball, and the dog doesn't like it.

Leatherback Turtle Survives Billfish Impalement

The sword was successfully removed from the sea turtle and sent to a lab for analysis.

Video: Tortoises versus Hares

In this Chinese version of Tortoise versus the Hare, it is unclear who won the race.

Where do Baby Hawaiian Sea Turtles Go?

NOAA and Waikiki Aquarium to track Hawaiian green sea turtles.

Philippine Police Arrest Sea Turtle Poachers From China

Chinese poachers have been increasingly plying Philippine waters in defiance of UN mandated economic zones.

Tortoise in England Needs Penis Surgery, Owner Turns to Crowd Funding to Defray Costs

Owner turns to Go Fund Me to raise funds for tortoise's surgery.

Bones Found 160 Years Apart Reveals Huge Giant Sea Turtle

Two fossil pieces collected more than 160 years apart are from the same sea turtle, Atlantochelys mortoni.

Wildlife Queensland Launches Campaign to Save Mary River Turtle Hatchlings

Campaign underway to bolster populations of Australia's Mary River turtle.

Young Loggerhead Sea Turtles Spend Lost Years Floating in Seaweed

Neonate loggerhead sea turtles shelter in Sargassum and drift with the North Atlantic Subtropical gyre.

Florida Biologists Hope For Successful Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Florida has the most sea turtle nesting sites in the United States.

Massachusetts Amends Exotic Animal Regulations

Green tree pythons and emerald tree boas can be kept as pets.

Peru's Manú National Park World's Most Diverse for Reptiles and Amphibians

Manú National Park in Peru is home to 287 species of reptiles and amphibians.

Turtle Soup Political Ad Blasts Politician For Looking Like a Cartoon Turtle

Tea Party candidate likens Mitch McConnell to Cecil the Tortoise.

Utah Offering 40 Desert Tortoises For Adoption

The tortoises were previously kept as pets and cannot be returned to the wild.

U.S. and China Release Sea Turtles into Disputed South China Sea

Three rehabilitated sea turtles were released by Sea Turtles 911.

Blanding's Turtle Conservation Work Honored in Illinois

The Blanding's turtle is on the CITES list of protected species.

Protections Sought for Yuman Desert Fringe-toed Lizard and 6 Other Herps

Center for Biological Diversity is suing USFWS to get protections for these southwestern U.S. herps.

Scientists Turn to GPS to Map Out Hotspots for Leatherback Turtles in the Pacific

It is hoped that GPS data will be used by fisheries to avoid leatherback turtle bycatch.

Canada Designates 75 acres as protected Blanding's Turtle habitat

The Blanding's turtle enjoys more protections in Canada.

Illegal Red Eared Slider Turtle Sales Continues in L.A.'s Chinatown and Fashion Districts

California's Department of Fish and Wildlife lacks resources to enforce turtle ban law.

Las Vegas Area Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to Close

Petition launched on MoveOn.org to stop a federal plan to euthanize remaining tortoises.

Ranavirus Cause of Death of 19 Wild Turtles in Illinois

Scientists unsure how virus infected the turtles.

FDA Amends 1975-era Turtle Ban Law

U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer destroy viable turtle eggs and small turtles.

Kennedy Brothers Rescue Leatherback Sea Turtle, Get Investigated by NOAA

The leatherback sea turtle rescue was in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Utah Gets Federal Aid to Protect Desert Tortoise

Gopherus agassizii also gets 1,245 acres for habitat.

4th of July Turtle Race To Go On in Bel Air, Maryland

The city's Independence Day organizers will reassess if a turtle race will be held in 2014.

Two-headed Texas River Cooter Born at San Antonio Zoo

Pseudemys texana, named Thelma and Louise have two heads on one body.

USFWS Proposal to Protect 740 Miles of Coastline for Loggerhead Sea Turtle Meets Resistance

Some say proposal to protect Caretta caretta goes too far while others say it does not go far enough.

How Did The Turtle Get Its Shell?

New study points to Eunotosaurus africanus as first reptile to have anatomy to support a shell.

Live Turtle Trinkets Sold in China

Baby turtles are sealed in plastic bag and sold as trinkets in China.

Three American Turtles Added to CITES List of Protected Species

Trade of Blanding's turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins are now restricted.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle in Japan Fitted with Artificial Limbs

Turtle fitted with new limbs at Japan's Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe.

Turtle Expert Urges Closing of Cayman Turtle Farm

Dr. Phillip Arena looks at WSPA video and urges closing of facility.

Turtles: Journey of Survival at New Jersey's Adventure Aquarium Opens January 14

Exhibit will feature more than 20 different turtle species.

Some Drivers Deliberately Run Over Turtles, Study Shows

Clemson University student set out to count number of drivers who swerve to hit a rubber turtle.

5 Chinese Yellow-Headed Box Turtles Hatch at the WCS's Bronx Zoo

The hatching of Cuora aurocapitata marks the first time these turtles have hatched in a captive breeding program

Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduced Over Last 20 Years, Report Says

While sea turtle deaths have been reduced, researchers say more needs to be done

Peanut, Missouri's Figure Eight Red-Eared Slider Celebrates 29th Birthday

The turtle is the state's No More Trash Mascot.

Reptile Road Show Owner Loses Majority of Reptiles to Fire

Garth Pithan loses 75 of 100 reptiles in a basement fire that also destroyed his Washington home.

Petco and Concordia Turtle Farm Launches Turtle Relinquishment Program

In effort to reduce number of Salmonella infections, Petco will accept any aquatic turtle from those who wish to give them up.

Tortoise Taped to Helium Balloons Rescued in Oceanside, California

If culprit or culprits are found, animal abuse charges could be filed.

British Doctor Revives His Pet Hermann's Tortoise via Artificial Respiration

After six minutes of breathing into the tortoise's nose, the tortoise began breathing again on its own.

Three Land O’Lakes subsidiaries Recall Feed for Turtles, Crocs, and Insectivores

Feed is reported to have elevated Vitamin D levels.

African Spur-Thighed Tortoise Walks Away from Chicago Area Barbeque

44 year-old Geochelone [Centrochelys] Sulcata usually comes back but hasn't yet.

National Marine Fisheries Service to Hold Public Hearings on Turtle Excluder Devices

Proposed rule change would require use of TEDs in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and North Carolina.

Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Undersized Turtles

Red-eared sliders purchased from street vendors likely cause of outbreak.

Desert Tortoises Displaced By Solar Energy Project Released

Tortoises released on land adjacent to land leased by BrightSource Energy for California solar project.

Turtle Hunting Banned in Alabama

State saw a surge in turtle hunting permits as neighboring states banned the collection of wild turtles.

Desert Tortoise Habitat Opens in El Mirage, California

Friends of El Mirage to educate off highway vehicle riders who ride at El Mirage

Chinese Sea Turtle Poachers Await Trial on Philippine Island

Demand for sea turtle soup in China sends its turtle poachers to Palawan.

Georgia to Regulate Freshwater Turtle Trade

Rules proposed in an effort to cap ownership of freshwater turtles.

Jekyll Island to Host Inaugural Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network's Meeting

Event will hold sea turtle related educational exhibits and meetings.

Green Sea Turtles Hatch in Delaware

Three turtles (Chelonia mydas) from state's first known nest have hatched.

Pollution May Be Linked to Sea Turtle Disease

A new study links pollution to a tumor-forming disease in green sea turtles.

Japanese National Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Live Turtles and Tortoises

Man and accomplice smuggled 55 live turtles and tortoises into the United States

Tortoise Poachers Apprehended in Madagascar

Radiated tortoise poachers were apprehended in Madagascar thanks to a tip from a local citizen.

Turtlekeeper Wins Suit Against Federal Wildlife Authorities

A turtlekeeper was awarded damages in his suit against federal wildlife authorities.

Turtles Cause Delays at Kennedy International Airport

The Diamondback Terrapins cross runway to get to breeding grounds

Desert Tortoise: Most Unusual Insurance Claim

A desert tortoise had the most unusual insurance claim in May at Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Ornate Box Turtle Breeding and Hibernation

Bonus content from the February 2011 REPTILES magazine article "Ornate & Engaging."

October 2010 Editor's Note

Articles are not always pet endorsements.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Releases Rehabilitated Sea Turtles

Three sea turtles with various maladies fixed up and released

Four Conservation Groups Sue NMFS to Stop Shrimp Trawl Related Sea Turtle Deaths

Groups claim service not doing enough to protect sea turtles

UK Scientist Teaches Tortoise to Yawn, Wins IG Nobel Award

Chelonoidis carbonaria used in study on the spatial, visual and social cognition in tortoises

Russian Tortoise Breeding

Bonus content from the May 2010 REPTILES magazine article "From Russia with Love."

Most Popular Pet Turtles

Bonus content from the February 2010 REPTILES magazine article "Waste Not."

Secret of the Turtle Shell

How did turtles get their shell?

Reptile Attractions - The Story of Testudo

The story of the University of Maryland's Testudo.

Gopher Tortoise May Be Official State Tortoise Of Florida

Florida bill to designate gopher tortoise as official state tortoise.

Baby Turtle Ban Still Buoyant

New legislation for the domestic sale of baby turtles measuring 4 inches or less is dead in the water.

Year of the Frog

Find out how you can participate in 2008’s Year of the Frog.

Two Herps Named in Top Ten Conservation Success Stories of 2007

Wyoming toad and Kemp's ridley sea turtle named in top ten success stories of 2007.

Mojave Max

Popular tortoise and educator, Mojave Max, passes at 65.

South Carolina Turtle Ban Proposal

South Carolina legislation would ban eight species of turtle.

African Tortoise Loses Leg, Gains a Wheel

New appendage makes tortoise mobile again

Santhuff Wins Turtle Lawsuit

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