Tortoises at Three Jays Tortoise Sanctuary include both hybridized and pure sub species of the Galapagos tortoise, including G.e. guntheri and C. Porteri.
Here we showcase 10 of the strangest, coolest, and most bizzare creatures falling into the Reptilia nomenclature.
Wood turtles are listed as endangered by the IUCN.
The golden coin turtle often end up as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.
Gopher tortoises and their burrows are protected by Florida state law.
Some in the affluent town of Pinellas want sea turtle nests gone.
The Aldabra tortoise can weigh up to 500 pounds, making them one of the biggest tortoises in the world.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the rarest sea turtles and are critically endangered.
The Turtle & Tortoise Rescue of Arroyo Grande rehomed hundreds of tortoises each year.
Rescue volunteers will visit the Shasta Fairgrounds staging area to thank firefighters and hand out "Thank You" buttons for their service.
The turtle was found in his tank, alive and well.
Most of the dead sea turtles washing up on southwest Florida beaches are mature adults.
The loggerhead turtle will be released after it is fully rehabilitated.
Proceeds from the sale of the special Nevada desert tortoise license plate will benefit conservation efforts of the species.
The vet repaired the turtle's shell with fiberglass and expected the fiberglass to eventually fall off.
A biologist's video showing the removal of a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nose has helped to spur change.
Plastic and other debris that ends up in the ocean is killing animals.
Kemp's ridley sea turtles are one of the rarest sea turtle species.
The approximate lifespan of a loggerhead sea turtle is close to 70 years, though some have been known to live longer.
Injured sea turtles need to time before they are released back into the ocean and sea turtle rehabilitation center at Australia's Charles Darwin University provides that time.
Judith Patience has kept Tommy for 35 years and was worried about his welfare when she passes.
Champ survived an attack when it was just an inch square.
Hopefully Buddy will be returned home real soon.
It is speculated that more desert tortoises can be found in captivity than in the wild.
The majority of turtles harvested in Arkansas from 2014 to 2016 were of breeding age.
Karenia brevis, also known as the Florida red tide organism can kill sea turtles.
Sea turtle nests are protected by Florida state and federal law.
The Seychelles often gifts Aldabra giant tortoises to friendly countries as part of the country's diplomatic efforts.
Terrapene carolina is a protected species in Louisiana.
Desert tortoises range from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts in California and can also be found in Arizona, Nevada, and areas in Mexico.
The bog turtle is one of the smallest turtle species in North America.
Alligator snapping turtles in the state of Oklahoma are a species of special concern.
Kinosternon vogti sp. nov shares the genus with 12 other turtle species.
If all goes well, gopher tortoise hatchlings will emerge from the nest in late summer.
There have been fewer Blanding's turtle deaths after the fencing was installed in 2001.
Plastic bags are often mistaken for jellies by sea turtles.
Fibropapillomatosis is wreaking havoc in sea turtles around the world.
The charge stems from a March 2018 incident that caused worldwide condemnation of the teacher.
Softshell turtles are dying in Florida's St. Johns River system.
Jill wandered away from a backyard party in October 2017.
The “turtle champions” helped the reptiles by recycling nearly a ton of scrap metal that they sold for $290
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says drivers should not attempt to move a turtle off the road in heavy traffic if no shoulder to park.
The data will be used to help make it safer for turtles to cross roads in the state.
The two gopher tortoises were returned to their burrows.
Merlin the sulcata tortoise was just 16 years old when he was shot and killed.
The turtle was given antibiotics and will soon be released back into the wild.
A 37-year-old man was arrested for littering and possession of a gopher tortoise.
The club will educate attendees of the event on how to keep chelonians.
Paint on a tortoise's shell can cause significant health issues.
The bog turtle is one of North America’s smallest turtle species and also one of its rarest.
The Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, PA hopes to build a walk-thru Aldabra tortoise exhibit and is soliciting donations to help build it.
The two sea turtles spent nearly a year in rehabilitation.
The virus has been detected in reptiles in the United States, but not in Canada, until now.
The green sea turtle is protected by state and federal law in Hawaii.
Cpl. B.M. Glover, helping a snapping turtle across a two lane road in the town
Imhotep is an important part of the center's educational programming.
The presence of plastic pollution may negatively impact the incubation environments of loggerhead eggs.
The spider tortoise hatchling is the first to be successfully hatched at a British zoo.
Rocket was stolen right out of her outdoor enclosure by a group of teens.
Ploughshare Tortoise Listed 11th With Flat-tailed And Spider Tortoise On ZSL's EDGE List Of Endangered Reptiles
Experts believe the ploughshare tortoise will become extinct within the next 40 to 50 years.
If you have any information regarding the illegal poaching of these turtles, the department is offering a $1,000 reward leading to an arrest in this case.
A city council in Wodonga, Australia drew down water in a pond that inadvertently caused the death of nearly 25 broad-shelled and long-necked turtles.
Desert tortoises will continue to be captive bred at the Air Force base where they have been since 2002.
Even though the radiated tortoise is captive bred, the critically endangered species is still poached from the wild.
The Florida FWC is offering a reward for information on who may have painted the tortoise.
Alligator snapping turtles are protected in the state of Oklahoma, Killing, possession and trapping of this species is prohibited.
The tortoise fell off a 10-foot wall and landed on his shell, cracking it in several places.
The Madagascan big-headed turtle is the last surviving species in it genus.
Yangtze giant softshell turtles are critically endangered with just four known animals left.
The list highlights the plight of 100 of the most vulnerable crocodilians, turtles, tortoises, snakes, and lizards
The Blanding's turtle can grow up to nine inches in length and has a life span of more than 70 years in captivity and in the wild.
Zoo veterinarians treated a baby loggerhead turtle that had pooped out plastic debris it had ingested.
Conservationists are hoping a proposed road doesn't even make it to the planning stages because it may negatively impact the Mojave desert tortoise.
An array of photographic and video proof details how sea turtles use their flippers to eat their prey.
Elseya rhodini is of the side-neck turtle family Chelidae
The bog turtle, one of the smallest turtles in North America, may soon become the official state reptile of New Jersey.
An elongated tortoise is said to have been stolen from the Ellen Trout Zoo.
Climate change may threaten coastal freshwater turtles.
The critically endangered ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) was commonly found for sale in Indonesia.
Texas is a step closer to making it illegal to commercially collect chelonians on private lands.
Threats of violence have been made against the school district, apparently for not firing the teacher.
Once in captivity, desert tortoises can no longer be released into the wild due to the potential for them to introduce disease to wild populations of tortoises.
Huck was stolen February 21. He was found in a grassy area March 8.
It is unclear if the dog was dead or alive, or what type of snapping turtle is kept at the school.
George the gopher tortoise and Jeanna Smith have been together more than 50 years.
A thief in Wisconsin stole 5 baby sulcata tortoises from a Pet World.
Sheldon was stolen just outside his home in Glendale, Arizona.
Shelley had been a mainstay since well before the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Two women in Alabama posted a video to social media of them running over a snapping turtle.
Trachemys haugrudi is closely related to modern turtles of the Trachemys genus.
Close to 100 gopher tortoise hatchlings will be released in South Carolina to bolster wild populations.
More than 300 species rely on the network of tunnels the gopher tortoise creates.
The 8-year-old tortoise was stolen right out of his enclosure on February 21.
The more popular species available for adoption include Russian, leopard, and sulcata tortoises, are well as box turtles.
Conservationists with the Fisheries Administration (FiA), WCS in the Southeast Asian country found 16 eggs in a nest of the critically endangered royal turtle.
A red-eared slider was found frozen in its enclosure. Luckily it survived.