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Alligator Snapping Turtles At Risk
2014-04-14 10:52:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought. The report also indicated that the localized distribution of these species, which includes coastal rivers of the northern Gulf of Mexico, poses a significant threat to their continued survival. “We have to be especially careful with our management of the Suwannee River...

Polluted Habitats Force Snapping Turtles To Move Into Urban Settings
2013-08-28 11:09:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People swimming in the Midwest’s lakes and ponds are often on the lookout for snapping turtles, which are said to be capable of taking off fingers or toes with their powerful jaws and sharp beak. A new study published in the journal Urban Ecosystems indicates that human pollution and waste could be increasingly forcing these turtles out of their more natural habitats and closer to humans. "Snapping turtles are animals that can...

The Turtle That Never Was
2013-04-07 07:11:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden have discovered that a freshwater turtle species declared extinct has not died out as experts had previously believed — in truth, it never existed. The Seychelles mud turtle Pelusios seychellensis was originally described in 1906 as a species endemic to Mahe island, but despite an exhaustive search by scientists, living members of the species had not been...


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2005-06-14 12:43:45

The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) is a larger yet less aggressive relative of the common snapping turtle. It is characterized by a large, heavy head and a thick tail with a dorsal ridge of large scales which gives it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. The inside of the turtle's mouth is camouflaged and it possesses a vermiform appendage on the tip of its tongue with which it lures fish. Like the common snapping turtle, the alligator...

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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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