The investigation concluded that the poachers took more than 4,000 turtles from the wild illegally and sold them over a six month period
Red-eared slider turtles, like all reptiles, carry Salmonella.
The baby loggerhead starved to death after ingesting so much plastic pollution.
Elizabeth 'Sea Turtle' Drayer is running for mayor of Clearwater, FL.
The county received complaints of a foul odor emanating from the facility.
Splinter is in recovery after the 3-foot long spear was removed from her body.
The USFWS changed its mind on putting the tortoise on the Endangered Species Act list.
Under new Trump administration rules, the green sea turtle would no longer be protected.
Helix is now moving about thanks to Techdeck toy skateboard wheels.
The captive breeding program produced a pair of four-eyed turtles and two Beal's four-eyed turtles.
The rescue has been seeing as many as 40 injured turtles a week during the last month.
The GoPro footage is straight from the perspective of a red-eared slider.
“Another reminder to leave only your footprints when visiting the beach!”
Police and bystanders observed Yaqun Lu, from China poking and stomping on a sea turtle nest.
The internship is two weeks and includes free room and board at the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort.
Turtle Island Restoration Network May Sue Florida Power & Light Co. For Incidental Taking of Sea Turtles
The nuclear plant operator has a “biological opinion” from the fisheries service that allows the incidental take of sea turtles.
Once a desert tortoise is placed in captivity, it cannot be released back into the wild.
Teddy is now up for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society.
The decline in Mojave desert tortoises is attributed to the increase in the raven population, according to the U.S. Marines.
Scoot Reeves walking with his new wheelchair.
Reptile Anatomy and Physiology is an important part of Herpetology and captive care!
Kernel was released after four months of rehabilitation. He had a fishhook lodged in his esophagus.
The Florida FWC hopes to raise $30,000 to develop a test for Virus X, which has killed hundreds of turtles in the last year.
Green sea turtle populations around Hawaii and U.S. Pacific islands are up markedly but hawksbill turtle populations are not.
TheTurtleRoom is now a tax-exempt conservation organization that works to ensure the survival of turtle and tortoise species around the world.
Zoo officials have been trying to breed China Girl since 2009.
Common snapping turtles can be caught in unlimited amounts in the state of Maryland.
The turtles have been dying in and near the St. Johns River since March 2018.
More than 6,000 acres of Kemp's ridley nesting sites will be protected.
Students at Weston High School in Massachusetts captive breed and then release Blanding's turtles.
The Indian flapshell turtle (Lissemys punctata) is a relatively small species that is hardy, durable and adaptable.
Crosland didn't have a permit to possess the snapping turtle, and it was euthanized.
The snapping turtle was euthanized as the teacher didn't have a permit to keep it.
The All Nippon Airways Hawaiian Honu Airbus A380 is one of three scheduled to fly from Tokyo to Honolulu.
Large pieces of plastic degrade in the ocean and become microplastic. It does not go away.
The male tortoise weighs 33 pounds and has a 17.3-inch carapace.
The Indian star tortoise is widely captive bred. There is no need for these animals to be taken from the wild.
A “perfect storm” of gale force winds, high tide and cold temperatures caused their demise.
The giant Aldabra tortoise was once found on most islands in the Indian Ocean.
The Pascagoula and Pearl River map turtles were petitioned by the Center for protection in 2010.
The South American Giant River Turtle has benefited from local beach protections on the Amazon River.
Ethel was found safe after 27 days in the wild.
Even animals with small brain to body ratios, such as chelonians, possess remarkable abilities that are still being understood
Even though Indian star tortoises are widely captive bred for the pet trade, wild caught specimens are still illegally collected.
The leatherback turtle is the largest of all turtles in the sea or on land.
The tortoises are in the care of the Turtle Survival Alliance.
Ethel went missing last week after she wandered through an open front gate.
Olympic gold medalist David Verburg stops and helps turtles and tortoises off the road whenever he sees them.
These are just few examples of the important work of dedicated conservationists who refuse to allow reptiles and amphibians to go extinct.
The eastern box turtle appears to be healing up nicely and will hopefully be released soon.
Folks who no longer can care for a sulcata tortoise, or any animal, should turn them into a rescue. They should never be released into the wild.
Currently turtle trappers in Arkansas can take an unlimited number of 14 turtle species in the state.
Roshi has been in Biz Stone's care for more than 15 years.
These green and loggerhead sea turtles wait out the stormy weather at the Brevard Zoo.
Thieves made off with the critically endangered tortoises early this month.
A goldspotted eel was removed from a sea turtle that was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Legos were fashioned into a wheelchair to help him move about until he is healed enough to be released.
Sixty one percent of the 356 turtle species in the world are threatened or already extinct in modern times.
All 56 tortoises are microchipped and the park wants anyone who has information to contact them.
The loggerhead sea turtle was euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.
Spike went missing when he escaped his enclosure in Parchment, MI.
Cisco received the red-carpet treatment when he arrived at the resort, complete with a welcoming committee of staff and guests.
The loggerhead sea turtle's injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized.
Thieves have stolen reptiles from Repxotica Rare Reptiles before and the store has retrieved them successfully.
A University of Georgia study concluded that head starting gopher tortoises increases their chance of survival in the wild.
Madagascar is home to some of the most uniquely adapted reptiles and amphibians of the world.
Gann will oversee the staff, including 50+ volunteers, as they work to rehabilitate injured sea turtles brought to the center.
There is another nest in the park that will soon have hatchling Blanding's turtles as well.
The dead sea turtles were brought to shore and buried.
Flash was luckily found in seemingly great shape.
One of four chelonians stolen from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo has been recovered.
One of the stolen tortoises requires daily medical care.
Prior to the ban, residents could harvest an unlimited number of four turtle species on private property, including spiny softshell turtles.
The shell-less turtle, named Eorhynchochelys sinensis was found in China.
Spanish police have shut down what it says is the largest illegal turtle and tortoise farm in Europe.
While a couple admitted removing the turtles from the beach, authorities continue to investigate the incident.
Tortoises at Three Jays Tortoise Sanctuary include both hybridized and pure sub species of the Galapagos tortoise, including G.e. guntheri and C. Porteri.
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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.