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Why It Matters Where The Turtles Have Gone

Sixty one percent of the 356 turtle species in the world are threatened or already extinct in modern times.

56 Hermann’s Tortoises Stolen From A Cupulatta Park In Corsica

All 56 tortoises are microchipped and the park wants anyone who has information to contact them.

Reward For Information Leading To Death of Sea Turtle Upped By $5,000

The loggerhead sea turtle was euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.

Michigan Boy Seeks Return Of His Lost Tortoise

Spike went missing when he escaped his enclosure in Parchment, MI.

Three-Legged Desert Tortoise Finds New Home At Posh Arizona Resort

Cisco received the red-carpet treatment when he arrived at the resort, complete with a welcoming committee of staff and guests.

NOAA Offers Reward For Info Regarding Deliberate Sea Turtle Death

The loggerhead sea turtle's injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized.

Thieves Steal Leopard Tortoise From NY Reptile Store And Crime Is Caught On Video

Thieves have stolen reptiles from Repxotica Rare Reptiles before and the store has retrieved them successfully.

Head Starting Gopher Tortoises Increases Chances Of Survival

A University of Georgia study concluded that head starting gopher tortoises increases their chance of survival in the wild.

Shanon Gann To Head Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center

Gann will oversee the staff, including 50+ volunteers, as they work to rehabilitate injured sea turtles brought to the center.

Blanding’s Turtle Hatchlings Surprise Officials At Dakota County Park In Minnesota

There is another nest in the park that will soon have hatchling Blanding's turtles as well.

More Than 300 Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Found Dead In Abandoned Fishing Net

The dead sea turtles were brought to shore and buried.

Man On Vacation In Hawaii Fined $1,500 For Harassing Sea Turtle And Touching Monk Seal

After 11 Days, Escaped Tortoise Is Found 9 Miles From Home

Flash was luckily found in seemingly great shape.

Stolen Box Turtle Named David Beckham Returned To Florida Teaching Zoo

One of four chelonians stolen from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo has been recovered.

Four Sulcata Tortoises Stolen From Kingston Maurward College In England

One of the stolen tortoises requires daily medical care.

Commercial Turtle Trapping Banned In Texas

Prior to the ban, residents could harvest an unlimited number of four turtle species on private property, including spiny softshell turtles.

Turtle That Roamed The Earth 228 Million Years Ago Without A Shell Discovered In China

The shell-less turtle, named Eorhynchochelys sinensis was found in China.

Spanish Police Raid Largest Illegal Turtle Farm In Europe

Spanish police have shut down what it says is the largest illegal turtle and tortoise farm in Europe.

Six Hatchling Loggerhead Turtles Found Swimming In Florida Hotel Room Wastebasket

While a couple admitted removing the turtles from the beach, authorities continue to investigate the incident.

10 Evolutionarily Interesting Reptiles

Here we showcase 10 of the strangest, coolest, and most bizzare creatures falling into the Reptilia nomenclature.

U.S. Forest Service And Turtles For Tomorrow Help Make Gravel Pits Wood Turtle Safe

Wood turtles are listed as endangered by the IUCN.

Poaching of Hong Kong's Endangered Golden Coin Turtles Spur Calls For Protections

The golden coin turtle often end up as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.

Florida Police Seek Driver Who Ran Over Gopher Tortoise

Gopher tortoises and their burrows are protected by Florida state law.

Animal Planet's Reptile Show, Scaled To Premiere August 24

Exclusive Belleair Shore Community In Florida Wants Sea Turtle Nests Off Their Beach

Some in the affluent town of Pinellas want sea turtle nests gone.

Alex, The Aldabra Tortoise At The National Zoo, Dies At 100

The Aldabra tortoise can weigh up to 500 pounds, making them one of the biggest tortoises in the world.

Endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Found Dead, Stuck In Barstool

Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the rarest sea turtles and are critically endangered.

After 30 Years, The Turtle & Tortoise Rescue of Arroyo Grande Closes Its Doors

The Turtle & Tortoise Rescue of Arroyo Grande rehomed hundreds of tortoises each year.

Carr Fire In California Displaces 20 Tortoises

Rescue volunteers will visit the Shasta Fairgrounds staging area to thank firefighters and hand out "Thank You" buttons for their service.

Pet Turtle Survives Devastating Apartment Fire In Texas

The turtle was found in his tank, alive and well.

Hundreds Of Sea Turtles Die In Southwest Florida

Most of the dead sea turtles washing up on southwest Florida beaches are mature adults.

Nevada Releases Desert Tortoise License Plates To Benefit Tortoise Conservation

Proceeds from the sale of the special Nevada desert tortoise license plate will benefit conservation efforts of the species.

Veterinarian Reunites With Turtle She Rehabbed And Released

The vet repaired the turtle's shell with fiberglass and expected the fiberglass to eventually fall off.

2015 Video Of Sea Turtle With Straw Stuck Up Its Nose Causes Some To Rethink Single-Use Plastic

A biologist's video showing the removal of a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nose has helped to spur change.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Found Dead Entangled In Alabama Football Beach Chair

Plastic and other debris that ends up in the ocean is killing animals.

Sea Turtle Rescued From Fishing Line Poops Out Plastic Balloon During Treatment

Kemp's ridley sea turtles are one of the rarest sea turtle species.

Florida’s Gulf World Says Goodbye To Liberty The Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The approximate lifespan of a loggerhead sea turtle is close to 70 years, though some have been known to live longer.

Charles Darwin University’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility Reopens

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.

REPTILES Magazine Contributor Takes In Elderly Woman’s Desert Tortoise

Judith Patience has kept Tommy for 35 years and was worried about his welfare when she passes.

Sea Turtle With 3 Flippers Rehabbed At Texas State Aquarium Doing Much Better

Champ survived an attack when it was just an inch square.

Wisconsin Boy Wants His Stolen Tortoise Back

Hopefully Buddy will be returned home real soon.

Agassiz Desert Tortoise Head Start Program Launches

It is speculated that more desert tortoises can be found in captivity than in the wild.

Arkansas Considers Ban On Commercial Harvesting Of Wild Turtles

The majority of turtles harvested in Arkansas from 2014 to 2016 were of breeding age.

Loggerhead Turtle Treated For Red Tide Poisoning Released

Karenia brevis, also known as the Florida red tide organism can kill sea turtles.

Florida Authorities Seek Person(s) Who Ran Over 8 Sea Turtle Nests

Sea turtle nests are protected by Florida state and federal law.

Seychelles President Gifts Pair Of Aldabra Giant Tortoises To India

The Seychelles often gifts Aldabra giant tortoises to friendly countries as part of the country's diplomatic efforts.

Louisiana Man Charged With Illegally Trading Box Turtles

Terrapene carolina is a protected species in Louisiana.

Desert Tortoise Will Be Harmed If Nevada Public Lands Bill Becomes Law, Conservation Groups Say

Desert tortoises range from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts in California and can also be found in Arizona, Nevada, and areas in Mexico.

Bog Turtle Is Official State Reptile Of New Jersey!

The bog turtle is one of the smallest turtle species in North America.

Huge Alligator Snapping Turtle Caught And Released In Oklahoma

Alligator snapping turtles in the state of Oklahoma are a species of special concern.

New Mud Turtle Species Discovered In Western Mexico

Kinosternon vogti sp. nov shares the genus with 12 other turtle species.

Endangered Gopher Tortoise Lays Eggs In Florida Woman’s Front Yard

If all goes well, gopher tortoise hatchlings will emerge from the nest in late summer.

State Of Nebraska Looking For Volunteers To Help Shore Up Turtle Fencing

There have been fewer Blanding's turtle deaths after the fencing was installed in 2001.

Sea Turtle Found In Thailand With Stomach Full Of Plastic Dies

Plastic bags are often mistaken for jellies by sea turtles.

Human Cancer Treatments Successfully Treat Fibropapillomatosis In Sea Turtles

Fibropapillomatosis is wreaking havoc in sea turtles around the world.

Idaho Biology Teacher Who Allegedly Fed Puppy To Snapping Turtle Charged With Animal Cruelty

The charge stems from a March 2018 incident that caused worldwide condemnation of the teacher.

More Than 100 Freshwater Turtles Found Dead Along Florida’s St. Johns River

Softshell turtles are dying in Florida's St. Johns River system.

Russian Tortoise Lost For Seven Months Returned To Owner

Jill wandered away from a backyard party in October 2017.

Two Sixth Graders Raise $290 To Help Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Effort In Illinois

The “turtle champions” helped the reptiles by recycling nearly a ton of scrap metal that they sold for $290

Oklahoma Man Hit By Car And Cited By Police For Trying To Save A Turtle

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.

Wisconsin DNR Seeks Citizen Help ID’ing Turtle Crossing Hotspots

The data will be used to help make it safer for turtles to cross roads in the state.

Florida Man Arrested For Possession Of Endangered Gopher Tortoises Intended To Eat Them

The two gopher tortoises were returned to their burrows.

Man Who Shot And Killed Sulcata Tortoise Reaches Settlement With Owner

Merlin the sulcata tortoise was just 16 years old when he was shot and killed.

Florida Woman Rescues Injured Turtle On Road, Which Promptly Lays Eggs In Her Car

The turtle was given antibiotics and will soon be released back into the wild.

Florida Man Arrested In Case Of Gopher Tortoise Painted Red

A 37-year-old man was arrested for littering and possession of a gopher tortoise.

Turtle And Tortoise Adoption Event In Southern California Takes Place May 19

The club will educate attendees of the event on how to keep chelonians.

Florida Woman Finds Gopher Tortoise Someone Painted Blue

Paint on a tortoise's shell can cause significant health issues.

New Jersey Fourth Graders Testify In Favor Of Bog Turtle For State Reptile

The bog turtle is one of North America’s smallest turtle species and also one of its rarest.

Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Zoo Seeks Funds For Aldabra Tortoise Exhibit

The Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, PA hopes to build a walk-thru Aldabra tortoise exhibit and is soliciting donations to help build it.

South Carolina Aquarium Will Livestream The Release of Two Rehabilitated Sea Turtles

The two sea turtles spent nearly a year in rehabilitation.

Ranavirus Confirmed In Canadian Reptile For First Time

The virus has been detected in reptiles in the United States, but not in Canada, until now.

Hawaii Conservation Police Seek Info On Sea Turtle Killer

The green sea turtle is protected by state and federal law in Hawaii.

North Carolina Police Officer Escorts Snapping Turtle Across The Road

Cpl. B.M. Glover, helping a snapping turtle across a two lane road in the town

Spartanburg Science Center Looking For Its Missing Sulcata Tortoise

Imhotep is an important part of the center's educational programming.

Microplastics May Have Negative Impact On Loggerhead Turtle Nests, Study Says

The presence of plastic pollution may negatively impact the incubation environments of loggerhead eggs.

UK Zoo Successfully Hatches Endangered Spider Tortoise

The spider tortoise hatchling is the first to be successfully hatched at a British zoo.

Thieves Steal Red-eared Slider From Mitchell Lake Audubon Center In Texas

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.

Missouri Wildfire Leads To Dump Site Of 163 Dead Turtles

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.

Dozens Of Longneck and Broad Shell Turtles Die In Australian Pond Retaining Wall Mishap

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.

California’s Desert Tortoise Populations To Be Strengthened By Military Head Start Program

Desert tortoises will continue to be captive bred at the Air Force base where they have been since 2002.

More Than 10,000 Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoises Seized From Home In Madagascar

Even though the radiated tortoise is captive bred, the critically endangered species is still poached from the wild.

Florida Gopher Tortoise Found Covered In Red Paint And Concrete

The Florida FWC is offering a reward for information on who may have painted the tortoise.

Two Men Arrested For Poaching 80-Year-Old Alligator Snapping Turtle

Alligator snapping turtles are protected in the state of Oklahoma, Killing, possession and trapping of this species is prohibited.

Sulcata Tortoise With Broken Shell Gets Treated Via San Diego’s Spirit Fund

The tortoise fell off a 10-foot wall and landed on his shell, cracking it in several places.

Madagascan Big-headed Turtle Listed 1st On EDGE List Of Endangered Reptiles

The Madagascan big-headed turtle is the last surviving species in it genus.

Recent Sighting Puts Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Population To Four Individuals

Yangtze giant softshell turtles are critically endangered with just four known animals left.

Zoological Society of London Releases EDGE Reptiles List Of Endangered Species

The list highlights the plight of 100 of the most vulnerable crocodilians, turtles, tortoises, snakes, and lizards

New Hampshire Fish and Game To Study Blanding’s Turtles

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.

Perth Zoo Issues Plea After Baby Loggerhead Turtle Poops Out Plastic

Zoo veterinarians treated a baby loggerhead turtle that had pooped out plastic debris it had ingested.

Endangered Mojave Desert Tortoise May Stop Potential Road Project In Utah

Conservationists are hoping a proposed road doesn't even make it to the planning stages because it may negatively impact the Mojave desert tortoise.

Sea Turtles Use Their Flippers To Help Them Eat Jellyfish

An array of photographic and video proof details how sea turtles use their flippers to eat their prey.

New Species of Freshwater Turtle Discovered in Papua New Guinea

Elseya rhodini is of the side-neck turtle family Chelidae

Bog Turtle One Step Closer To Becoming State Reptile Of New Jersey

The bog turtle, one of the smallest turtles in North America, may soon become the official state reptile of New Jersey.

Elongated Tortoise Stolen From Texas Zoo

An elongated tortoise is said to have been stolen from the Ellen Trout Zoo.

Rising Sea Levels Will Affect 90 Percent Of Coastal Freshwater Turtles, Study Says

Climate change may threaten coastal freshwater turtles.

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

Sale Of IUCN Red List Species Of Turtles And Tortoises Continues In Indonesia

The critically endangered ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) was commonly found for sale in Indonesia.

Texas Is Closer To Banning Commercial Collection Of Turtles On Private Lands

Texas is a step closer to making it illegal to commercially collect chelonians on private lands.
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