Wisdom From The Experts Pt 4 & 5 Two Turtle and Tort experts, two related pieces of wisdom to share about turtle and tortoise anatomy! Lori Neuman-Lee, PhD (@CheloniaGirl ), prof at Utah State University, says – “I wish people knew that turtles can’t come out of their shells…because their shells are part of their...
Words of Wisdom from the Experts Pt 3- “I wish people knew how smart turtles are. They learn quickly where their food comes from; if from a human then they learn that specific person” Is what Michelle Kelly (@MichelleKellyCW), public speaker about Reptiles and amphibians, wishes more people knew about turtles and tortoises. Those of...
Words of wisdom from the experts pt 2 Check out this INCREDIBLE photo by Amanda Hipps, @biophilamanda, one of the experts who responded to our #worldturtleday question. Amanda studies the animals that live in gopher tortoise burrows. In case you didn’t know, gopher tortoise burrows are home to hundreds of other animals. Their status as endangered directly...
This year, in honor of #WorldTurtleDay, we asked herpetologists, biologists, rescues, and rehabbers, to tell us what they wish more people knew about Turtles and Tortoises. Starting today we’ll be sharing a few responses a day! Let’s learn more about the animals we love from people who have devoted their lives to protecting them. Biologist...
Congrats on your accomplishment.. If you drew this you’re clearly talented!
Since the tortoise represents patients and wisdom, keep in mind that while you learn some stuff? College sorta works to teach you that you don’t actually know anything. hah or at least thats what it did to me 🙂
A mammoth problem facing the rather miniscule Egyptian tortoise, muses one veteran conservationist, is that it is obscenely cute. One of the world’s smallest and most endangered species of tortoises, its numbers have been whittled down by the insatiable global demand for the tiny-shelled reptiles as exotic pets.
About the size of a one-pound coin at birth, and seldom exceeding 10cm in length at maturity, customs officers have found these diminutive desert creatures hidden in smugglers’ suitcases, stuffed inside toilet paper rolls, and clumsily disguised as sacks of potatoes. Thousands of Egyptian tortoises are captured and smuggled each year to light up the faces of adoring boys and girls ― and adults who should know better. It’s hardly surprising, then, that so few are left.
“There are far more Egyptian tortoises in captivity than there are left in the wild,” says Omar Attum, a biology professor at Indiana University Southeast who is working to conserve the species. “Collection for the pet trade has greatly reduced the tortoise’s numbers, but unfortunately that’s not the only threat they face.”
The Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) historically inhabited the scrub desert and coastal dunes of North Africa in a swath running from Tripoli to Rafah, and up to 100km inland. But not anymore. An extensive field study carried out in 1994 revealed a sizable population in Libya’s Jebel Akhdar region, but failed to locate even a single wild tortoise anywhere in Egypt, its historic heartland.
“I didn’t find any tortoises in Egypt and at the time it seemed there were none left,” says environmental consultant Sherif Baha Eddin, the ecologist who led the survey. “The species was presumed to be extinct here.”