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Loggerhead Turtles Use Visual Cues To Spot Gelatinous Prey
2013-06-13 10:03:40

New research from a team of American and Japanese researchers suggests that loggerhead turtles rely heavily on visual cues to spot gelatinous prey as they swim through the ocean.

Why Do Loggerhead Females Return To Their Place Of Birth To Mate
2013-05-31 05:48:50

New research is shedding light on why female loggerhead sea turtles return to their place of birth to mate, while males jump to different locations.

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Populations Still Need Protection
2013-05-30 05:06:49

The Hawaiian green sea turtle population has increased since the species was listed under the US Endangered Species Act in 1978, however, the number of turtles is only a fraction of historic levels, so the calls to lift the animals’ protections may be premature.

World Turtle Day
2013-05-23 09:33:49

The advocacy group American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) is celebrating their 13th annual World Turtle Day 2013 today.

2013-05-15 23:01:49

Join the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program to bid farewell to three turtles. Charleston, S.C.

USGS Study Finds Green Sea Turtles Are Utilizing Protected Habitat
2013-04-30 10:25:12

According to a new US Geological Survey (USGS) study, nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries. This study is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park.

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.


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
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.