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2012-09-30 23:03:02

Puerto Vallarta offers "eco-chic" experiences that draw travelers to the beaches of Mexico, and California's Spirit Quest Tours guides tourists who want something different out of

River Turtle Population Suffers Decades After Harvesting
2012-09-26 14:34:07

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.

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2012-09-08 07:56:42

A series of Salmonella outbreaks that responsible for sickening over 160 Americans across 30 states has been linked to the handling of turtles, snakes, toads, and other reptiles and amphibians.

2012-08-15 23:03:40

After Months of Rehabilitation, a Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtle Get a Second Chance Charleston, S.C.

Global Warming Could Wipe Out Endangered Turtle Population
2012-07-02 05:15:56

The largest and most critically endangered species of sea turtle could be wiped out by the end of the century due to global climate change.

Sea Turtles At Risk Due To Pollutants
2012-07-01 09:58:50

Researchers at NIST's Hollings Marine Laboratory and four partner organizations have measured for the first time concentrations of 13 perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) in five endangered species of sea turtles.

Ancient Turtles Make Love, Embraced Death
2012-06-21 05:21:32

German paleontologists have uncovered the remains of nine turtle pairs that died while having sex 47 million years ago.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchlings Endangered By El Nino Weather Patterns
2012-05-25 13:10:35

Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings, as with other turtle species, face immense danger when emerging from their nests located on the sandy Playa Grande beach in northwest Costa Rica, where nearly forty percent of the nests are burrowed.


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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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