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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.

100-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.

Man in Alabama Catches and Releases Huge Alligator Snapping Turtle

The turtle was caught and released by a man fishing for catfish.

Wood Turtles Need Endangered Species Protections, Lawsuit Says

83 Desert Tortoises up for Adoption in Arizona

Desert tortoises cannot be released back into the wild once they are kept in captivity.

Florida Woman Who Tortured and Killed Hatchling Gopher Tortoise Pleads Guilty

Mutilated Sea Turtle Found on West Side of Oahu, Hawaii

All sea turtles whether dead or alive are legally protected in Hawaii

Canadian Man Deported from U.S. for Selling Parrot-Lizard Fossil From China

The man admitted to undercover agents that the fossils were smuggled out of China.

Florida Woman Who Allegedly Tortured Hatchling Gopher Tortoise Back in Jail

Jennifer Emoke Greene sent back to jail due to a bond issue.

New Species of Freshwater Turtle Discovered in Papua New Guinea

Elseya rhodini is of the side-neck turtle family Chelidae

California Couple Plead Guilty to Sea Turtle Egg Poaching

More than 900 eggs were seized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in November 2014.

Two Sulcata Tortoises Do it at New York Fashion Week

New Desert Tortoise Species Discovered and Described

Volunteers Save Turtles and Bullfrogs from Drained Oklahoma Pond

Dozens of turtles and countless tadpoles saved after a pond was drained in Tulsa.

Albino Green Sea Turtle Hatchling Discovered at Castaway Beach Australia

Albino green sea turtles are rare.

Radiated Tortoise Stolen From Australia’s Perth Zoo

The radiated tortoise has been missing since February 1

Looking for a Pet Reptile? Consider a Breeder

There are distinct advantages to buying reptiles directly from the source, if you go about it the right way.

Baby Red Eared Sliders With Painted Shells Sold at a Reptile Expo in Oklahoma

The vendor claimed that they were modified like GloFish when it is obvious they were painted.

Legos Wheels Helps Rehab Tortoise Found on Disney Property

Wheels spent 165 days in Captivity and was released all healed up

Sacred Turtle of Vietnam Has Died

January 20, 2016

One of Alan Rickman’s Last Acting Gigs Was a PSA With a Tortoise to Help Refugees

Rickman lended his voice to help Save the Children

Newfie Saves Stranded Sea Turtle

Newfoundland dogs are great swimming dogs who work as rescue dogs.

Frozen Red-Eared Slider Brought Back to Life

The red-eared slider was given up by its owners and the Pennsylvania SPCA is considering whether to file charges.

183-Year-Old Tortoise Goes on a Diet

January 8, 2016

Rescuing Desert Tortoises

Top Trending Reptile News Stories for 2015

These articles were the top 6 of the year and the top dumbest articles of the year.

First Person: The Grady Bunch

A woman has cared for more than 100 reptiles over the years.

7 Juvenile Spur-Thighed Tortoises Stolen From Home in Northwich, Chesire England

Spur-thighed tortoises cannot be sold in England without an Article 10 licens

Leatherback Trust Biologist Removes Plastic Fork From Nose of Olive Ridley Turtle

Please reduce your use of plastic items that are "disposable."

New Zealander Buys Sea Turtles at Market and Releases Them

Aaron Culling buys sea turtles from meat markets and releases them.

Blanding’s Turtle Gets Some Assistance in Indiana

Emydoidea blandingii may get some help from the Friends of Cobus Creek in Indiana

Japan Railway Takes Novel Approach to Keep Turtles Off Train Tracks

Concrete ditches help prevent turtles from getting stuck in the switch track on a Japanese train track.

iPhone User Claims Apple Destroyed Precious Tortoise Video, Sues and Wins

A man who failed to back up his data sues Apple for resetting his iPhone and wins.

Stolen Tortoise Recovered by Albuquerque Police Officers

Tortoise was taken during burglary and recovered.

Herp Queries with Bill Love: Temperature-dependent Sex Determination

What exactly is TSD?

Man Caught Smuggling Dozens of Turtles Down His Pants Expected to Plead Guilty

Kai Xu had 51 live turtles in his possession when he was caught trying to cross into Canada.

Sea Turtle Wedged in Plastic Lawn Chair Washes up on Florida Beach

Plastic is literally choking the world’s ocean inhabitants.

Florida Turtle Stuck in Plastic Bag Saved by Melbourne City Worker

Plastic bags and plastic pollution kills and maims hundreds of thousands of reptiles and other animals every year.

Man Wanted in Connection With Stealing Baby Hermann’s Tortoise in Canada

The Hermann’s tortoise is valued at around $520 and the store owner wants in back.

Dead Leatherback Turtle Found on New England Beach Died from Trio of Human Hazards

Leatherback sea turtles primarily eat jellyfish and plastic tends to look like jellyfish in the ocean.

Interesting Facts About Reptiles

There are still new and interesting facts to uncover about reptiles.

Save Terrapins!

November 2, 2015

Twin Western Hermann’s Tortoises Hatch at Garden State Tortoise and theTurtleRoom

The tortoise twins were successfully separated the second week of October

This Prehistoric Turtle Had a Nose Only a Mother Could Love

Arvinachelys goldeni, or Miss Piggy was discovered in southern Utah.

New Galapagos Tortoise Species Discovered and Described

There are two species of Galapagos tortoise on Santa Cruz Island.

Philippine Authorities Arrest 3 for Possessing Threatened Turtles

The suspects allegedly had Palawan forest turtles, Asian leaf turtles and Southeast Asian box turtles in their possession.

Tortoise Appearance on Walking Dead

The hapless tortoise walks into the path of Enid
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