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Turtles Began Living in Shells Earlier Than Previously Thought
2013-05-30 16:35:52

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While there are several species that have shells, the turtle is the only animal to form such a shell on the outside of its body through a fusion of modified ribs, vertebrae and shoulder girdle bone. This makes the turtle´s shell a unique modification, one that has fascinated and confounded biologists for more than two centuries. How and when it originated has remained mostly conjecture. However, a team of researchers led...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you see a turtle crossing a busy road — pick it up and send it in the direction it was originally going on the other side of the road, advises the advocacy group American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), which is celebrating their 13th“¯annual“¯World Turtle Day“¯2013 today. Picking up the tortoise and turning it around will only cause the slow moving animal to try crossing the road again, according to...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The review, published in the latest edition of JRSM Short Reports, found that wild-caught sea turtles living in captivity carry the risk of exposure to toxic contaminants and harmful pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and...

2012-08-15 23:02:12

The release is part of a “Head Start” coalition to save these rare turtles. For more than five years, Oakland Zoo has partnered with Sonoma State University and San Francisco Zoo to research, raise, and release Western Pond Turtles back into the wild. Based on a successful program at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, SSU researchers and Oakland Zoo staff are studying nesting patterns, breeding, habitat threats, incubation, growth, and diets of the turtles. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) August...

Turtle Fossil Found In Colombia Is Round Like A Car Tire
2012-07-12 11:12:35

Paleontologist Carlos Jaramillo's group at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and colleagues at North Carolina State University and the Florida Museum of Natural History discovered a new species of fossil turtle that lived 60 million years ago in what is now northwestern South America. The team's findings were published in the Journal of Paleontology. The new turtle species is named Puentemys mushaisaensis because it was found in La Puente pit in Cerrejón...

Ancient Giant Turtle Could Give Gators A Run For Their Money
2012-05-18 11:06:17

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com Florida paleontologists digging in a northern Colombia coal mine have discovered the remains of a giant turtle so big it was capable of snacking on ancient alligators, according to a new report in the online version of the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. The 60-million-year-old reptile, dubbed Carbonemys cofrinii or “coal turtle,” is considered to be part of a family of freshwater turtles called pelomedusidae. These turtles are also referred...

Endangered Turtles Get Help From Conservationists
2012-04-12 13:18:44

Several turtle and tortoise species that are on the verge of extinction are getting a second chance for survival with the help of the US Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is committing all of its resources and expertise to take direct responsibility to save the planet´s most endangered Testudines. The WCS said it will draw from its zoos and aquariums, its Global Health Program, and its Global Conservation Program, to ensure the continued survival of at least half of the...

Turtles' Mating Habits Protect Against Effects Of Climate Change
2012-01-26 04:48:31

The mating habits of marine turtle may help to protect them against the effects of climate change, according to new research led by the University of Exeter. Published Jan 25 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the study shows how the mating patterns of a population of endangered green turtles may be helping them deal with the fact that global warming is leading to a disproportionate number of females being born. The gender of baby turtles is determined by the temperature of...

Endangered Turtle Released Into Cambodian River
2012-01-19 10:29:20

Conservation agencies have released one of the most endangered turtles -- a Southern River Terrapin -- back into the wild, with officials, conservationists, and local residents attending the release ceremony on January 16. The release was first announced Monday by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The 75-pound female turtle was released into the Sre Ambel River in Cambodia, outfitted with a satellite tracking...


Latest Turtles Reference Libraries

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2008-10-16 21:57:06

The Florida Redbelly Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni) is a turtle species found in Florida and southern Georgia. These turtles can be found occasionally in brackish waters and during the day may be seen basking on logs. They are active year-round and can be quite populous during Spring mating. They are closely related to the Peninsula Cooter (Pseudemys floridana). The Florida Redbelly can be distinguished from other turtles by its unique red-tinged plastron (belly) and two cusps on its upper...

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2008-10-16 21:53:32

The Barbour's Map Turtle (Graptemys barbouri) is a species of turtle that is endemic to the eastern United States in rivers located in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. These specimens are outlawed from ownership in Georgia and Alabama. In Florida, up to two may be kept in captivity, however, like all map turtles, it is protected and turtles under 4 inches cannot be sold or traded. Adult Barbour's Map Turtles average from 3.5 to 12.5 inches in length. Males are smaller and generally grow to...

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2008-10-16 21:51:36

The Black-knobbed Map Turtle (Graptemys nigrinoda) is endemic to the United States. It is a small to medium size turtle. Males average 4 inches in length with females being larger at about 7 inches in length. It has a narrow head like other map turtles. Its skin is light gray. This turtle is mostly an insect eater, but may also take crustaceans and fish when it is readily available. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2008-10-16 21:49:06

The Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola) is found from the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and southeastern Arizona south into Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico. Its habitat is arid, open prairie areas. They can live 25 years or longer. The colors of the mature desert box turtle are lighter and more muted than the colors of the young. Most, but not all, male turtles have red irises. Other characteristics of males include concave plastrons, thicker tails with the cloacae nearer the tip, and...

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2008-10-16 21:42:22

The Gulf Coast Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina major) is the largest subspecies of box turtle in North America. It is found along the Gulf Coast of Mexico from the state of Louisiana to the state of Florida. It commonly intergrades with other subspecies of box turtle within its range. Its habitat is around estuaries and swampy regions, near shallow bodies of water. The Gulf Coast Box Turtle is dark brown or black in color, with yellow striping or blotching. The stripes or blotching can vary...

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