BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Hundreds of turtles were found Tuesday night roaming the side of Highway 58 near Highway 99 in southern California.

Some of the turtles were loose, while others were trapped in trash bags. Authorities don’t know how the turtles arrived along the highway.

Leonard Plunkett of the Kern County Chapter of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club had a theory about the situation.

“These turtles were probably going to a market somewhere,” Plunkett said. “And, the way they were bagged and stuff, somebody’s taking them to a market to eat.”

The “red ear sliders” are not a native turtle species in Kern County and can’t be released into the local waterways, according to the Turtle and Tortoise Club. Adoption efforts are underway.

Want to adopt a water turtle? Call the Turtle and Tortoise Club at (661) 809-5527 »

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Hundreds of turtles were found Tuesday night roaming the side of Highway 58 near Highway 99 in southern California.

Some of the turtles were loose, while others were trapped in trash bags. Authorities don’t know how the turtles arrived along the highway.

Leonard Plunkett of the Kern County Chapter of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club had a theory about the situation.

“These turtles were probably going to a market somewhere,” Plunkett said. “And, the way they were bagged and stuff, somebody’s taking them to a market to eat.”

The “red ear sliders” are not a native turtle species in Kern County and can’t be released into the local waterways, according to the Turtle and Tortoise Club. Adoption efforts are underway.

Want to adopt a water turtle? Call the Turtle and Tortoise Club at (661) 809-5527 >>

YAY!! 

Living Desert Zoo’s tortoise recovery program celebrates 100th birth of endangered species

There were no cigars passed around in celebration of the birth of the 100th Bolson tortoise at Carlsbad’s Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park this week, but the staff in charge of their care is beaming with pride.

YAY!! 

Living Desert Zoo’s tortoise recovery program celebrates 100th birth of endangered species

There were no cigars passed around in celebration of the birth of the 100th Bolson tortoise at Carlsbad’s Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park this week, but the staff in charge of their care is beaming with pride.

Florida Softshell Turtles are one of very few turtle species in the world that have a soft, rubbery shell! This one has a 10 inch shell and is well over a foot long with his neck length, although it may double or triple in size as an adult. 

Forgotten Friends is trying to find a home for a very unique Florida Softshell Turtle that was wandering the streets of Lititz before arriving at our reptile rescue Thursday afternoon.

Read about this cutie!