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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Police In Florida Save Gopher Tortoise From Backyard Pool

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two Critically Endangered Indochinese Box Turtles Hatch at UK Zoo

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

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.

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

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

Radiated Tortoise Stolen From Australia’s Perth Zoo

The radiated tortoise has been missing since February 1

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Russians Sentenced to 15 Months in Singapore for Smuggling Endangered Pond turtles

27 of the 206 pond turtles have since died.

Can You Keep a Radiated Tortoise with a Malagasy Tree Boa? No, You Can't

The Memphis Zoo tried to create a mixed species environment.

RIP: Capone, the Resident Alligator Snapping Turtle At the Cincinatti Zoo

Capone was a fan favorite at the zoo because he was so charismatic.

How Do You Collect Sea Turtle Poop? You Build a Giant “Nappy”

Australian researchers built a device out of a sun shirt, some velcro and a custom poop collector to collect poop samples.
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