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Critically Endangered Cambodian Royal Turtle Nest Discovered

Conservationists with the Fisheries Administration (FiA), WCS in the Southeast Asian country found 16 eggs in a nest of the critically endangered Royal Turtle.

Rhode Island Police Looking For Man Who Allegedly Left Turtle Frozen In Enclosure

A red-eared slider was found frozen in its enclosure. Luckily it survived.

The Solution For Keeping Monitor Lizards From Raiding Sea Turtle Nests? Cane Toads

Researchers have found that dead cane toads placed on top of sea turtle nests deter monitor lizards from pilfering the eggs.

Florida Gopher Tortoise Day Is April 10

Gopher Tortoise Day is a fun informational day for the entire family.

Man Who Smuggled Turtles From Vietnam Sentenced To Three Years Probation

Turtle smuggler sent endangered reptiles via mail.

South Carolina Aquarium Receives $300K Pledge To Expand Sea Turtle Exhibit

The funds will help the aquarium build a new educational exhibit at the aquarium’s sea turtle area.

Desert Tortoise Mojave Maxine Leaves Burrow, Signaling Spring Has Arrived

Spring has arrived on the West Coast of the United States.

Two Men Sentenced To 7 Months Federal Prison For Poaching Sea Turtle Eggs In Florida

There is a thriving black market for sea turtle eggs in South Florida.

Auckland Zoo Successfully Hatches First Galapagos Tortoise In New Zealand

After a four month incubation time, the first Galapagos tortoise hatched December 30, 2017.

Western Pond Turtle In California With Cracked Shell On The Mend

The turtle was found in a Target store parking lot with a cracked shell.

Sea Turtles Found Cold-Stunned In Florida Released

Sea turtles that were found cold-stunned in early January have been released by Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida.

Facebook Is Major Sales Tool For Trafficking Critically Endangered Reptiles In The Philippines, Report Says

The social media site is used to illegally trade critically endangered species.

New York Man Sentenced To Six Months For Possession Of Stolen African Spurred Tortoise

Millennium was stolen in July from the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston, New York.

The African Chelonian Institute: Protecting The Turtles Of Africa

Although the decimation of some African chelonians has been well documented, many species are not listed on the IUCN Red List because there is almost no information about them

Scientists Use Drones To Count Olive Ridley Sea Turtles At Costa Rica’s Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

Drone footage revealed that sea turtle density during peak nesting season was about 2,086 reptiles per square kilometer.

East Coast Population Of Leatherback Sea Turtles May Be Downgraded From Endangered To Threatened Under ESA

The leatherback sea turtle is currently listed as endangered.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Found Cold-Stunned On Oregon Beach Has Died

In spite of the best efforts by staff at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Turkey died January 8.

Video Showing Woman Sitting On Sea Turtle In Hawaii Goes Viral

The woman was told several times to move off the sea turtle.

Desert Tortoise In Midst Of Custody Dispute Gets Lost

Two parties met in court January 4 in an effort to determine if the tortoise’s owner will get information regarding the reptile’s whereabouts.

Escaped Sulcata Tortoise In Arizona Returned To Owner

This sulcata tortoise was returned to its owner after a day gallivanting around the streets and canals of Mesa, Ariz.

Warming Planet Causes 99 Percent of Reine Island Sea Turtle Hatchlings To Be Female, Study Says

Female green sea turtles on Raine Island outnumber males by 116 to 1.

Sea Turtles From Texas And Florida Affected By Cold Weather That Is Hammering East Coast

When turtles become cold-stunned, they are too cold to swim and float on the surface, where they can become dehydrated.

Galápagos Tortoise Breeds In The Wild For First Time In More Than 100 Years

The Duncan Island giant tortoise is one of the smallest of the Galápagos tortoises.

IUCN And Vietnamese Govt. Lauch Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Quang Ngai beaches on Ly Son Island have been breeding grounds in the past for green sea turtles), hawksbill turtles, and leatherback turtles.

Biggie The Aldabra Tortoise Celebrates 42 Years At Bristol Zoo

Biggie has been a resident at the zoo since 1975.

Tortoise Who Almost Died After He Was Hit By Car Doing Much Better

Spike was ran over by a car in June 2016. He has since healed and can walk more than three hours a day.

Monitor Lizards Now No. 1 Predator Of Loggerhead Turtle Eggs On Second Most Popular Nesting Beach In Australia

Researchers are unsure how the large lizards discover the nests, which are on the second most popular nesting beach for loggerhead turtles.

Airbnb Chastised For Airing Commercial Featuring Tourist Touching Hawaiian Sea Turtle

Tourists depicted in an Airbnb ad are shown touching a green turtle and got a magical experience, while Airbnb got chastised and was forced to pull the ad.

Research Shows Hatchling Sea Turtles Are Proficient In Energy Conservation

Researchers had expected the disoriented turtles to expend more energy than those collected from the nests, but found that the hatchlings were very proficient in determining when to take a rest

New Turtle Species Described In Alabama

The intermediate musk turtle sits morphologically between the stripe neck musk turtle and the loggerhead musk turtle.

Researchers Discover Snail-Eating Turtle Species In Thai Food Market

Malayemys isan, a species new to science, was discovered in a Thai fish market.

Sea Turtle Entangled In $53 Million Floating Cocaine Bales Saved By U.S. Coast Guard

This sea turtle was entangled in bales of cocaine. It was freed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Endangered Asian Giant Softshell Turtle Nest Found In Cambodia

The Asian giant softshell turtle is currently listed as endangered by the IUCN as it has largely disappeared in much of its natural range.

Snapping Turtle At Southern Vermont Natural History Museum In Need Of Bigger Enclosure

A GoFundMe has been launched for Basil the snapping turtle.

More Than 6,000 Indian Star Tortoises Seized From Wildlife Traffickers in 2017

Even though Indian star tortoises are widely captive bred for the pet trade, wild caught specimens are still illegally collected.

Spotted Turtle At Risk Of Disappearing In Rhode Island

A three year study turned up just 50 spotted turtles out of 2,000 turtles caught.

Texas Tortoise From Houston Makes Its Way To Abilene

A Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist needed to rehome a Texas tortoise and was successful in doing so.

Pet Reptile Product Sales Reach $383 Million In 2016

Has the reptile hobby gone mainstream?

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Gets 3D Printed Shell Brace

The loggerhead turtle had a gaping hole in its shell. 3D printer technology was used to create a brace to cover it.

Dozens Of Turtles And Tortoises Evacuated From Behler Chelonian Center Due To California Fires

Ploughshare tortoises, a Galapagos tortoise, baby pig-nosed turtles, radiated tortoises and golden coin turtles were just a few of the species evacuated due to the California fires.

Common Musk Turtle Care And Information

These highly aquatic turtles are found in both slow-flowing sections of stream and river habitats, as well as lakes and ponds. They move clumsily on land.

Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Box Turtles

Byron Paul Pitre was convicted, sentenced to three years probation, and fined $2,500.

Texas Biologist Hopes To Move Endangered Texas Tortoises To Abilene Zoo

The Texas tortoise is the only native tortoise in Texas.

Stranded Olive Ridley Turtle Found On Oregon Beach

The stranded olive ridley sea turtle had a body temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit is considered normal.

Dog Gets Stuck In Sulcata Tortoise Burrow

It took firefighters about four hours to safely remove the dog from the burrow.

2017 Green Sea Turtle Nestings In Florida Break Record

Florida recorded 39,000 green sea turtle nests during the 2017 nesting season.

Rainforest Trust Conducts Successful Survey Of Critically Endangered Geometric Tortoise

The survey documented 72 mature tortoises in four hours.

Sea Turtle Caught In Fishing Line After Hurricane Irma Is Released

Drifter was found entangled in fishing line that was attached to a buoy in the Florida Keys.

Texas Agrees To Proposed Rule To Ban Unlimited Commercial Trapping Of Wild Turtles

It is hoped the unlimited collection of wild turtles is stopped or curtailed in Texas.

Alligator Snapping Turtles Not Seen In Illinois in 30 Years Reappear In The Wild

The last time an alligator snapping turtle was seen in the wild in the state of Illinois was back in 1984.

Hundreds Of Dead Sea Turtles Found Floating Off El Salvador

The dead turtles were already in a state of decomposition.

46 Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest That Was Pilfered By Monitor Lizard

The critically endangered reptiles were later released into the sea.

Florida Turtle Caught In Crab Trap Brought Back To Life via CPR

Troy Russo pushed the turtle's legs in and out to expel water and then performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Tortoise Stolen From California School Found 22 Miles Away At Golf Course

Bubba the tortoise has since been returned to the middle school he calls home.

A Pair Of Two-Headed Sea Turtle Hatchlings Discovered On Grand Cayman Islands

Would there be a moral dilemma if these little guys were raised in captivity?

Sailors With USS Howard Free Entangled Sea Turtle In Arabian Gulf

After the turtle was freed from its entanglement, the rescuers sunk the boat.

Endangered Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle Gets 3-D Printed Face

Patches is part of the breeding program at Zoo Knoxville in Tennessee.

Jonathan, A 186-Year-Old Male Tortoise Has Spent 26 Years Trying To Mate With Another Male

Jonathan and Frederic(a) are inseparable, even though they are both males.

Sulcata Tortoise Rescued From Northern California Wildfires

It took four people to lift the sulcata tortoise onto a wheelbarrow so it could be taken to safety.

Captive Breeding Brings The Burmese Star Tortoise Back From The Brink Of Extinction

The Burmese star tortoise is a critically endangered tortoise that saw its numbers dwindle to just a few hundred individuals in the 1990s.

Man Gets 30 Days In Jail For Knowingly Disturbing A Sea Turtle

Carlos Argenis Hernandez was sentenced to 30 days in jail for knowingly disturbing a sea turtle, an endangered species.

Sulcata Tortoise Run Over By Car Gets 3-D Printed Shell

George the sulcata tortoise will need a new prosthetic shell every three years as he grows.

Mexico Sees Dramatic Increase In Olive Ridley Turtle Nestings

The global population of nesting female olive ridley turtles in 2004 was just 2 million, down from around 10 million before protections were encouraged.

Missouri Takes Steps To Ban Commercial Hunting Of Three Turtle Species

Data models show that the state's turtle populations cannot sustain any more losses.

Police In Florida Save Gopher Tortoise From Backyard Pool

The non-aquatic reptile had fallen into a pool and sank.

Decades Long Sea Turtle Conservation Efforts Paying Off

Conservation efforts over the last 40+ years of sea turtles in the United States are paying off.

Gopher Tortoise Populations Get Bolstered In Aiken, South Carolina

Scientists hope to have a population of 250 adult gopher tortoises in the Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve.

USFWS Lists The Sonoyta Mud Turtle As An Endangered Species

It is estimated that there are about 100 Sonyota mud turtles in the wild.

Ban On Collection Of Snapping Turtles, 13 Other Species Urged In Arkansas

Currently there are no limits to the number of turtles collected in the wild in Arkansas.

Man Who Shot And Killed Pet Tortoise Faces Charge Of Criminal Mischief

Merlin was shot and killed by a man who claimed to think he was dangerous.

Support Blanding's Turtle Restoration By 'Adopting' One

The Blanding's turtle adoption program will enable scientists to determine the best locations for restoration of the species.

Breeding Program Launched For Extinct Galapagos Tortoise

A breeding program at the Galapagos National Park in the Galapagos Islands will hopefully result in Floreana giant tortoise offspring.

Volunteers Assess Sea Turtle Nest Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma serves as a reminder that an entire nesting season could have been disrupted had the storm hit in July.

Netizen Posts Video Of Sea Turtle Eating Hatchling In Deplorable Conditions At Malaysian Resort

When the person who shot the video confronted the resort staff, they said the turtles don't have enough food.

Sulcata Tortoise Escapes Its Yard, Is Shot And Killed By Neighbor

The neighbor said he feared the tortoise would bite someone.

Severely Swollen Musk Turtle Abandoned In UK Park Doing Much Better

The RSPCA is looking for any information on the person who abandoned the sick reptile.

30 Western Swamp Tortoises, Australia’s Most Critically Endangered Reptile, Released Into Wild

More than 1,040 western swamp tortoises have been successfully bred as part of Western Shield, a breeding program to bolster the wild populations of the tortoise.

200-pound Tortoise Rescued From Home Damaged By Hurricane Harvey

Goliath is a 31-year old tortoise rescued from a Hurricane Harvey damaged home.

Serrated Hinge-back Tortoises Successfully Bred At Georgia's Dalton State College

The college says the species has rarely been bred in captivity.

Three-Legged Desert Tortoise in Arizona Gets Forever Home

Tripod, mauled by a dog, was at the center for two months when he was adopted.

Western Pond Turtles in Washington Rebound From Brink of Extinction

Although the population has reached 1,000, the Western pond turtle remains an endangered species in Washington state.

Two-Headed Baby Loggerhead Sea Turtle Found and Released in Florida

The chance of survival into adulthood for this little turtle is slim.

17-Year-Old Tortoise Stolen From Queens, NY Environmental Center

The rock star tortoise participated in many community events.

Baby Sulcata Tortoise Fitted For 3D Printed Legs After Fire Burns Them

A new bulb caused a fire in Bump's enclosure, severely damaging her legs.

Beachgoers in Florida Confuse Gopher Tortoises With Sea Turtles and its not Good for the Reptiles

St. Johns County warns folks to not touch gopher tortoises at all unless permission is granted by authorities.

Hatchling Turtles Rescued From Los Angeles’ Chinatown

Shopkeepers in Chinatown in Los Angeles have been illegally selling red-eared sliders for decades.

Florida FWC Looking For Person Who Painted Gopher Tortoise Blue

Officials have since removed the blue paint and released the tortoise back into its burrow.

Two Aussies Who Surfed a Sea Turtle Face Stiff Fines

Two Aussie blokes with beer stand on top of a sea turtle, post the photo to social media.

Northern River Terrapins in India's Sundarbans National Tiger Sanctuary

Galapagos Tortoise Fathered 800 Offspring and Helps to Save His Species

A recent DNA study confirms that Diego is a very prolific breeder.

Zoo Knoxville Successfully Hatches a Black-breasted Leaf Turtle

Zoo Knoxville first successfully hatched a black-breasted leaf turtle back in 2005.

Healthy Population of Blanding’s Turtles Discovered in Nova Scotia

The find is significant because the Blanding’s turtle is endangered

Gopher Tortoise Once Painted Red Released Back Into The Wild

Blatant case of animal abuse occurred in Florida.

Two Critically Endangered Indochinese Box Turtles Hatch at UK Zoo

The zoo's first successful hatching of this species occurred in 2013.

Western Pond Turtle of San Francisco’s Mountain Lake Thriving Again

The natural urban lake went through a decade long cleanup process.

Couple Gets Six Months for Smuggling Sea Turtle Eggs into California

Olga Jumenes was no stranger to law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

More Than 100 Seized Endangered Tortoises Returned to Madagascar

139 radiated tortoises and seven angonoka tortoises were smuggled from Madagascar and discovered in India.

Chinese Turtle Smuggler Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Man smuggled turtles in excess of $1 million to China

Abandoned Red-Eared Slider Finds Home in New York Public Library

Rescued red-eared slider now calls the New York library home.
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