Latest Tortoises Stories
Sadly, the sudden death of the giant tortoise Lonesome George on the Galapagos Islands this Sunday marks the loss of another subspecies from the face of the Earth.
Federal wildlife officials said on Tuesday that the gopher tortoise has been listed as eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act, but limited funding could prevent the tortoise from being put on the list at this time.
Populations of spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca), a species classified as vulnerable and at risk of extinction, can withstand fires if outbreaks occur once every three decades or more.
A report issued Monday, co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) working in conjunction with the Turtle Conservation Coalition, lists the 25 most endangered turtle species from around the world â€“ some of which currently number less than five individuals.
Biologists from the UCLA Division of Life Sciences have reported the first quantitative evidence for an evolutionary link between habitat and body size in turtles and tortoises.
The Galapagos National Park reported on Thursday that they are providing two new female partners for â€œLonely Georgeâ€, who is believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species.
New University of Georgia research suggests moving threatened animals to protected habitats may not always be an effective conservation technique if the breeding patterns of the species are influenced by a social hierarchy.
REIMS, France, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar.
A team of biologists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported today that Madagascar's radiated tortoise â€“ considered one of the most beautiful tortoise species â€“ is rapidly nearing extinction due to rampant hunting for its meat and the illegal pet trade.
A pet tortoise rescued from a busy highway in southern England has been nicknamed Freeway. John Formby of Worthing, on the Sussex coast, spotted the animal, at first thinking it was a piece of trash, The Independent reported.
The Marginated Tortoise, Testudo marginata, is a species of Mediterranean tortoise found in southern Greece, from the Peloponnesus to Mount Olympus. They are also found in isolated zones of the Balkans and Italy, with a somewhat broader range in northeastern Sardinia. They prefer mountainous regions in elevations over 5,250 feet high. It is the largest European tortoise, reaching a weight of up to 11 pounds and a length of 14 inches. Its shell is oblong and has a notable thickness around...
The Egyptian Tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni, is a critically endangered tortoise. They live in deserts and semi-desert habitats, usually with compact sand and gravel plains, scattered rocks, shallow, sandy wades, dry woodlands, shrubby areas, and coastal salt marsh habitats. They were once widespread throughout Egypt, but now can only be found in Libya. Extinction is inevitable unless conversation actions are taken. The shell is usually very bright ranging from ivory and pale to gold which...
The Russian Tortoise, Horsfield's Tortoise or Central Asian Tortoise, Testudo horsfieldii, is a species of tortoise that is named after the American naturalist Thomas Horsfield. The Russian Tortoise ranges from Afghanistan to north western China, through the countries of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Baluchistan. It usually lives in dry areas with sparse vegetation. Russian Tortoises are a small tortoise...
The Greek Tortoise, Testudo graeca, is one of four European member of the Testudinidae family of tortoises. The other members of the family are Herman's Tortoise, Marginated Tortoise, and Horsfield's Tortoise. There are six noticeable differences between males and females of the Greek Tortoise. Males have a longer tail that tapers to an even point. The anal cavity opening is farther from the base of the tail on the male. The male's underbelly is somewhat curved, while females have a flat...
The Florida Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, is a species of tortoise native to the coastal plains of the United States. They are predominantly found in the state of Florida, but also range into the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. They spend the majority of their life in burrows around dry places such as sand hills, flat woods, prairies and coastal dunes. These are medium sized tortoises, averaging 10 inches long and around 9 pounds in weight at...
- Large; stout; burly.