Latest Painted Turtle Stories
When it comes to most creatures, the hindquarters tend to be responsible for only one specific task. However, some types of turtles possess rear ends capable of multitasking – and now experts believe they know why.
A group of 50 researchers from around the globe, including biology professors Daniel Warren, Ph.D., from Saint Louis University and Leslie Buck, Ph.D., from the University of Toronto, have spent the last several years sequencing and analyzing the genome of the western painted turtle and the results of their research point to some important conclusions that may be important for human health.
The western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is one of the most widespread species of turtle in North America. This creature is found in fresh, slow-moving waters from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
A recently published study by researchers from the University of Florida has shown how the river-dwelling northern map turtles have struggled to rebuild their populations since an unfortunate era of harvesting in the 1970’s.
Researchers have discovered the population of pig-nosed turtles has declined over the past 30 years.
Turtles nesting along the Mississippi River and other areas are altering their nesting dates in response to rising temperatures, says a researcher from Iowa State University.
The Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta, is a reptile common to North America. It is a water turtle related to other water turtles such as sliders and cooters. It lives in ponds, lakes, marshes, and in slow-moving rivers that have soft, muddy bottoms. This turtle spends most of its time in the water but often lies on floating logs in the sun, or on rocks by the shore. During the colder months it will hibernate, burying itself for months in the mud beneath streams and ponds. The mud acts as an...