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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.

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.

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.

Florida Woman Who Straddled Sea Turtle Last Summer Arrested

One of the women allegedly rode the turtle all the way to the water.

Researchers Discover Hawksbill Sea Turtles are Biofluorescent

Divers were shooting biofluorescent corals when a Hawksbill sea turtle swam into the light and revealed it too was biofluorescent.

Tourists Disrupt Sea Turtle Nestings in Costa Rica

Costa Rican Govt. upset that tourists disrupted sea turtle nesting with selfies and other bad behavior.

The World’s Fastest Tortoise? He Sprints at 0.28 Meters Per Second

Bertie smashed the previous record that stood for nearly 40 years.

Teen Girl Who Stomped Baby Gopher Tortoise To Death Again Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial

Florida teen has been ruled incompetent to stand trial twice

The Oldest Sea Turtle Fossil is 25 Million Years Older Than Previous Fossil

Desmatochelys padillai is 120 million-years-old.

Shell-less Eunotosaurus africanus is Oldest Known Turtle to Date

Eunotosaurus africanus roamed the earth 260 million years ago during the Permian Period

Do You Want to Name an Injured Sea Turtle?

Tennessee Aquarium Hatches 5 Endangered Beal’s-eyed Turtles

Beal’s-eyed turtles in the wild have declined rapidly in the last 15 years.

40 Desert Tortoises Up for Adoption in Arizona

Video: Researchers Remove Plastic Drinking Straw From Sea Turtle’s Nostril

The world's oceans aren't a trash dump.

For the Sake of Reptiles and all Living Things, Put Litter in Its Place

Ecosurfers untangle a juvenile sea turtle from some floating garbage.

Researchers Find Two Albino Green Sea Turtle Hatchlings in Mozambique

Albino green sea turtles are not common, though several have surfaced around the world over the years.

Turtle Hospital of Florida Releases Aaron the Loggerhead Sea Turtle

More Than 4,000 Critically Endangered Palawan Forest Turtles Rescued in the Philippines

Florida Man Cited For Possessing Two Hatchling Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Check Out this GoPro Sea Turtle Footage of the Great Barrier Reef

Video: SPCA Seeking Teenagers Who Brutally Abused Turtle

Tortoise Serves as Therapy Pet at Senior Care Facility

Tortoise and Dog are Best Friends

How Did Turtles Get Their Shells?

San Diego Zoo’s Galapagos Tortoise, Speed, Dies at 150+Years

Painted Turtle’s Shell Reattached with Epoxy and Zip Ties

Tortoise in England Outfitted with Hot Wheels to Aid in Walking

Social Media Reunites Lost Sulcata Tortoise With Owner in Michigan

Coastguardsmen Untangle Two Sea Turtles Caught in Fishing Line Off Central America

Scientists Try to Impregnate Last Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Known to Exist

Long Island, NY Sees Mass Die Off of Diamondback Terrapins

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