After being stuck inside most of the day, because of the rains, I got to take the kids in my North American Wildlife camp outside today for a post-rain hike, in the park where I work in Houston, TX. Amongst other cool animals, we encountered this gorgeous male Three-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) walking amongst the fallen leaves under a live oak. He’s got to be one of the biggest Three-toed box turtles I’ve seen in years. :3

TSA Turtle Tuesday:  The Arrau or Giant River Turtle
The giant South American river turtle (Podocnemis expansa) is the largest river turtle in South America, with males reaching nearly 200 pounds! 
The large, aquatic species has a wide distribution and can be found in Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Known to be strong swimmers due to their size and powerful limbs, they are able to traverse deep rivers with strong currents. Their broad, dome-shaped shell allows them to be streamlined and move efficiently through the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers where they are found. 
 Photograph by Camila Ferrara
(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)

TSA Turtle Tuesday:  The Arrau or Giant River Turtle

The giant South American river turtle (Podocnemis expansa) is the largest river turtle in South America, with males reaching nearly 200 pounds!

The large, aquatic species has a wide distribution and can be found in Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Known to be strong swimmers due to their size and powerful limbs, they are able to traverse deep rivers with strong currents. Their broad, dome-shaped shell allows them to be streamlined and move efficiently through the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers where they are found. 

Photograph by Camila Ferrara

(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)

cool-critters

cool-critters:

Mata mata (Chelus fimbriata)

The Mata mata is a freshwater turtle found in South America, primarily in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. It is strictly an aquatic species but it prefers standing in shallow water where its snout can reach the surface to breathe. The appearance of the mata mata’s shell resembles a piece of bark, and its head resembles fallen leaves. The mata mata is carnivorous, feeding exclusively upon aquatic invertebrates and fish, which it has to swallow whole, since it cannot chew due to the way its mouth is constructed.

East Coast Beaches Labeled Critical for Loggerheads
by Jim Waymer
Federal regulators plan to designate more than 700 miles of beach from North Carolina to Mississippi — including most of Brevard Count, Florida’s shoreline, as well as large swaths of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico — as “critical habitat” for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.
The rule would have little effect on most beachfront property owners or fishermen, federal officials say.
But in some cases, people who look to build or repair certain seawalls will face additional scrutiny from wildlife officials to ensure the walls do not harm critical loggerhead habitat.
And fishermen worry stricter rules will one day result…
(read more: Florida Today)
photo: Craig Rubadoux/florida today

East Coast Beaches Labeled Critical for Loggerheads

by Jim Waymer

Federal regulators plan to designate more than 700 miles of beach from North Carolina to Mississippi — including most of Brevard Count, Florida’s shoreline, as well as large swaths of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico — as “critical habitat” for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.

The rule would have little effect on most beachfront property owners or fishermen, federal officials say.

But in some cases, people who look to build or repair certain seawalls will face additional scrutiny from wildlife officials to ensure the walls do not harm critical loggerhead habitat.

And fishermen worry stricter rules will one day result…

(read more: Florida Today)

photo: Craig Rubadoux/florida today

The charismatic and Critically Endangered Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi) has become extremely rare due to its popularity in the illegal pet trade. 
Even before it was fully described to science it was so over collected that the trade was prohibited in 2001 due to its rarity. The only hope for the small remaining populations are conservation programs like the Turtle Conservancy’s breeding center and preserving the last remaining populations in the wild on its home island in Indonesia. 
Find out more about their work here:
Turtle Conservancy & Behler Chelonian Center

The charismatic and Critically Endangered Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi) has become extremely rare due to its popularity in the illegal pet trade.

Even before it was fully described to science it was so over collected that the trade was prohibited in 2001 due to its rarity. The only hope for the small remaining populations are conservation programs like the Turtle Conservancy’s breeding center and preserving the last remaining populations in the wild on its home island in Indonesia.

Find out more about their work here:

Turtle Conservancy & Behler Chelonian Center

Researchers lure Manitoulin Island turtle predators with decoy

Researchers at Laurentian University are hoping a fake turtle will shed some light on a mystery on Manitoulin Island, ON, Canada. 

Jackie Litzgus, a biology professor at Laurentian University, said a decoy Blandings Turtle will be used to determine which predators might be killing these endangered turtles.

Last year dozens of dead turtles were discovered near Misery Bay on Manitoulin Island.

Litzgus said the most likely culprit is some kind of predator. By using a turtle decoy, along with game cameras, researchers hope to capture video of what may be killing the turtles…

(read more: CBC News)

photos by Laurentian University and Markus Schwabe/CBC

turtleconservancy
turtleconservancy:

We are proud to announce the hatching of our third Mexican Spotted Turtle (Rhinoclemmys rubida rubida) at our conservation center.
The conservation status of this species from Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, was last evaluated by the IUCN in 2007. They concluded that the available information was insufficient to determine its risk of extinction. The Turtle Conservancy believes this species is in danger because of local human impacts in the region.
#TurtleConservancy #Mexico #conservation #turtle #tortoise #hatchling #cute #babyanimals #rare #wildlife #nofilter

turtleconservancy:

We are proud to announce the hatching of our third Mexican Spotted Turtle (Rhinoclemmys rubida rubida) at our conservation center.

The conservation status of this species from Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, was last evaluated by the IUCN in 2007. They concluded that the available information was insufficient to determine its risk of extinction. The Turtle Conservancy believes this species is in danger because of local human impacts in the region.

#TurtleConservancy #Mexico #conservation #turtle #tortoise #hatchling #cute #babyanimals #rare #wildlife #nofilter

Endangered Turtle Conservation at the Virginia Zoo

Our critically endangered bog turtles have laid eggs! Bog turtles are native to this region and their numbers have declined drastically over the last several decades due to habitat loss. As their name suggests, these turtles live in swampy, marshy habitats away from large bodies of water. They can live up to 30 years, but don’t reach maturity until around 6 years of age. Females only lay about 4 eggs each year, so increasing (and even maintaining) populations can be very difficult. This is local conservation in action!

For more info about bog turtles: IUCN Redlist

(via: The Virginia Zoo)

Free Sea Turtle Posters

from the Sea Turtle Conservancy

The Florida Sea Turtle Life History Posters Project was funded by a grant from the Sea Turtle License Plate Program. This project involved the development and distribution of a life history poster for each of the five species of sea turtles found in Florida. A set of posters is being provided at no cost to Florida sea turtle groups, rehabilitation and educational facilities, schools, environmental centers, libraries, and other groups requesting the materials.

Each poster is 3’ tall by 2’ wide. If you would prefer to print out your own smaller version of the poster, please click here.

Please note: Currently, STC can only provide free shipping for one set of posters per Florida address. If a person at your school, group or center has already requested a set of posters, or if you are outside of the state of Florida, or if you would like more than one set of posters, you will need to pay for postage. You will be contacted via email and asked to provide payment information if postage is required.

libutron
libutron:

Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle
Mauremys sinensis (Geoemydidae), commonly referred as Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle, is an Endangered species native to China with a modest population in Viet Nam.
This especially striking freshwater turtle can be distinguished by the fine yellow and black lines that decorate the neck, for which this turtle is named.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©FuYi Chen
Locality: Taipei, China

libutron:

Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle

Mauremys sinensis (Geoemydidae), commonly referred as Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle, is an Endangered species native to China with a modest population in Viet Nam.

This especially striking freshwater turtle can be distinguished by the fine yellow and black lines that decorate the neck, for which this turtle is named.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©FuYi Chen

Locality: Taipei, China