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Genome Study Of Two Turtle Species Sheds Light On Evolution Of Shell
2013-04-29 11:29:05

A Nature Genetics report on the newly sequenced genomes of the soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle shows that the iconic reptiles have a common ancestor with crocodilians and birds – diverging from these groups between 270 and 240 million years ago.

Flipperbot Helps Researchers Understand Turtle Locomotion
2013-04-24 08:33:07

A trio of American scientists has developed a sea turtle-like robot dubbed 'Flipperbot' to help them learn about the mechanics behind walking on sand-like surfaces.

2013-04-08 23:04:03

Five sea turtles join 47 others for big release in Jacksonville, Florida Charleston, S.C.

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

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.

Indonesia Confiscates Pig-Nosed Turtles, Hunts For Smugglers
2013-04-02 15:27:43

A recent flight set to travel from Papua New Guinea to Jakarta by way of Makassar, South Sulawesi had some surprising passengers. According to officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, this flight contained 687 baby pig-nosed turtles which were reportedly set to be smuggled into Hong Kong.

Unraveling The Bizarre Features Of The Turtle Genome
2013-03-28 07:05:03

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.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Refuges Rapidly Vanishing
2013-02-27 10:27:14

A decades-long study shows that the last refuges of leatherback sea turtles are rapidly vanishing.

Researchers Attempting To Develop Prosthetic Flippers For Injured Loggerhead Turtle
2013-02-17 08:53:47

Officials are looking for a high-tech apparatus that will help an injured loggerhead turtle regain the ability to swim after she lost both front flippers.

World Reptile Populations Critically Threatened Says New Report
2013-02-15 14:49:21

A new report warns that not only are a large number of reptile species in danger of becoming extinct, there is also a severe lack of data on the conservation status of many reptiles around the world.

Captive Sea Turtles Carry Harmful Pathogens, Health Risks Associated With Contact
2013-02-06 12:25:15

Sea turtles have always been a big draw for tourists at a seaside attraction, but, according to a new research review, captive turtles and turtle products could have a health risk associated with them.


Latest Turtle Reference Libraries

Pond Turtle, Emydidae
2014-08-06 11:33:54

Emydidae is a family that contains nearly fifty species of pond turtles, also known as marsh turtles, which can primarily be found in the Western Hemisphere. This family is most closely related to tortoises and shares a few characteristics with them including similar iliums. Most species within this family have an arched carapace, or upper shell, although some have domed shaped shells, and many have one or two ridges on the top of the shell, which is known as a keel. It is common for the top...

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2007-04-15 20:56:54

The Hawksbill Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The species is distributed throughout all of the world's seas, but the Atlantic and pacific populations are divided into two subspecies. E. I. imbricata is the Atlantic subspecies and E. I. bissa is the Pacific subspecies. The Hawksbill is predominantly known as a tropical sea turtle found in the tropical seas of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. However, they...

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2007-03-19 15:30:49

Kemp's Ridley, Lepiochelys kempii, is a critically endangered species of sea turtle. Their range includes the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. They are also the only turtle which almost all the females return to one single beach (Rancho Nuevo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas) every single year to lay their eggs. They are the smallest of the sea turtle species, growing less than 40 inches and weighing about 100 pounds as an adult. Kemp's Ridley sea turtle changes color with its...

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2006-12-26 15:36:04

The Leatherback Sea Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is the biggest of all living turtles. It reaches a length of over 8.8 feet and a weight of 2,000 pounds. It is the world's 4th largest reptile. It is found in all tropical and subtropical oceans. It is the only extant species in the genre Dermochelys and the family Dermochelyidae. This species has many unique features that distinguish it greatly from other sea turtles. Its shell lacks the bony scales of other turtles, comprising mainly of...

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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
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.