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Turtles Forced Out Of Habitat By CLimate Change
2013-10-09 14:32:38

[ Watch the Video: North American Turtles Face Shrinking Habitats ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As climate change progresses, it threatens to push species out of their current habitats and into unfamiliar territories. According to a new research review in the journal PLOS ONE, turtle populations face an uncertain future and could be stressed or severely threatened by climate change-induced displacement. In the study, researchers looked at 59 species of North...

Endangered Turtles Get Help From Conservationists
2012-04-12 13:18:44

Several turtle and tortoise species that are on the verge of extinction are getting a second chance for survival with the help of the US Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is committing all of its resources and expertise to take direct responsibility to save the planet´s most endangered Testudines. The WCS said it will draw from its zoos and aquariums, its Global Health Program, and its Global Conservation Program, to ensure the continued survival of at least half of the...

Turtles' Mating Habits Protect Against Effects Of Climate Change
2012-01-26 04:48:31

The mating habits of marine turtle may help to protect them against the effects of climate change, according to new research led by the University of Exeter. Published Jan 25 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the study shows how the mating patterns of a population of endangered green turtles may be helping them deal with the fact that global warming is leading to a disproportionate number of females being born. The gender of baby turtles is determined by the temperature of...

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2009-02-23 13:24:01

According to campaigners, millions of Southeast Asian box turtles are being wiped out from parts of Indonesia, where they are butchered for their meat or sent to pet shops in the U.S. and Europe. The massive illegal trade has caused the reptile to disappear from areas where they were once common, with an estimated 2.1 million turtles being traded each year, according to the wildlife monitoring group Traffic. "The turtles are used for meat and in traditional Chinese medicine, with major...

2008-10-04 09:00:14

By DEBBIE MESSINA By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilo t NORFOLK One is furry. Two are leathery. Three have shells. And four are scaly. Yet they're all babies. There's a baby boomlet at the Virginia Zoo. Ten baby animals were born in the past couple of months. No headliners like giraffes or lions. But zoo staff have their fingers crossed there. A bongo, four copperhead snakes, a bog turtle and two box turtles were born in September. In addition, two six-banded armadillos...


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2008-10-16 21:49:06

The Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola) is found from the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and southeastern Arizona south into Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico. Its habitat is arid, open prairie areas. They can live 25 years or longer. The colors of the mature desert box turtle are lighter and more muted than the colors of the young. Most, but not all, male turtles have red irises. Other characteristics of males include concave plastrons, thicker tails with the cloacae nearer the tip, and...

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2008-10-16 21:42:22

The Gulf Coast Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina major) is the largest subspecies of box turtle in North America. It is found along the Gulf Coast of Mexico from the state of Louisiana to the state of Florida. It commonly intergrades with other subspecies of box turtle within its range. Its habitat is around estuaries and swampy regions, near shallow bodies of water. The Gulf Coast Box Turtle is dark brown or black in color, with yellow striping or blotching. The stripes or blotching can vary...

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2006-12-26 15:55:01

The Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina, is a subspecies within a group of hinge-shelled turtles, normally called box turtles. This species is native to an eastern part of the United States. Occasionally, it is referred to as the Common Box Turtle to distinguish it from the other five subspecies of eastern box turtles. Eastern box turtles have a high, dome-like shell and a hinged frontal plate that allows total shell closure. The shell can be of variable coloration, but is...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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