Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) hatching in India!

TSA-India’s Arunima Singh reports that 135 Spotted Pond Turtles have
hatched at the Kukrail Gharial Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India!
Of these, 95 will be released into the Gomti River, where field
technicians will monitor their activities and survival rate through a
long-term mark-recapture program.

To read more on TSA’s work with the
Spotted Pond Turtle Click Here: 



It’s easy to see how the Endangered Four-eyed Turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata) gets its name. This unique species is in decline due to the use of its shell in traditional Chinese medicine. The Turtle Conservancy works to mitigate the trade in species like this, along with our captive breeding efforts.

Its pretty clear.. though I might have called you 6 eyed sally!


Giant Tortoises Island Hop Across the Galápagos

by NY Times staff

Giant Galápagos tortoises, the world’s biggest, have had it rough. Thanks to pirates and whalers eating them and to non-native species like goats destroying their habitat, four of the 14 documented species are extinct. Most recently, the Pinta species vanished with the 2012 death of Lonesome George, after decades of attempts to get him to reproduce.

But the tortoises emerging from the crates above represent a milestone in tortoise restoration efforts. They are among 201 tortoises recently released onto Santa Fe Island, which lost its tortoise species a century and a half ago.

We wanted to do this for a long time,” said Linda Cayot, the science adviser for the Galápagos Conservancy, which, in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate, runs the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative. It wasn’t easy. Without any Santa Fe tortoises left (nobody alive now has actually seen them – their existence is known mainly from whalers’ logbooks and museum-preserved bone fragments), conservationists turned to a close genetic relative: tortoises from Española Island…

(read more: NY Times – Science)

photograph by Galapagos Conservancy

JET SETTERS! (without the jets)


Wood Turtles @ Seney National Wildlife Refuge , MI

by Andrea Martinson

This guy was found near M-2 pool not too long
ago. Wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) are the rarest of the three turtles species we have on
the Refuge. They are recognized by their sculpted-looking carapace (top
of the shell) and their yellowish-black plastron (underside of the

They tend to live in forested areas and river banks. It’s not a
picky eater, and enjoys snacking on leaves, berries, earthworms, snails,
insects, or even carrion. One way they eat earthworms is by repeatedly
stomping or slamming their shell into the ground. The vibrations make
the worms emerge from the soil, making the wood turtle’s job much

(via: Seney National Wildlife Refuge )


NOAA Podcasts:  Saving the Leatherback Sea Turtle

The Leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it’s also among the most endangered.

In celebration of Sea Turtle Day, today’s podcast is about
leatherback sea turtles. Leatherbacks are the largest species of sea
turtle out there, and they migrate farther than any other. And in the
Pacific Ocean, they’re also among the most endangered.

To talk with us about leatherback sea turtles, we have Scott Benson
on the line. Benson is a research biologist at NOAA’s Southwest
Fisheries Science Center, and he’s an expert on leatherback sea turtles.

In this interview, Benson discusses some of the threats that
leatherbacks face and what scientists, conservationists, and fishermen
are doing to address those threats. He also explains what measures you
as a consumer can take to help protect leatherback sea turtles.


photographs by Karen Benson and Karin A. Forney/NOAA.


The Cochin Forest Cane Turtle (Vijayachelys silvatica) is a rare and secretive species from the Western Ghats of India. This species is Endangered due to hunting for bush meat, deforestation and alteration of habitat, and the illegal wildlife trade.


The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating a conservation milestone; for the first time, a rare Spider Tortoise has hatched in the Reptile Discovery Center. Animal care staff are closely monitoring the hatchling, which emerged May 10 in an off-exhibit area.

Spider Tortoises are listed as “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Native to the forests and sandy coastlines of Madagascar, their populations have declined by 80 percent since 1970, and populations continue to dwindle due to habitat loss and wildlife trafficking for the food and pet trade.

Follow the link to ZooBorns, to learn more.
Photo Credits: Connor Mallon at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

INCREDIBLE NEWS! And an INCREDIBLE shell! Go #SpiderTort Go!


The Endangered Spiny Turtle (Heosemys spinosa) may look quite prickly when it’s young, but grows out of its defensive spikes as an adult. #TurtleConservancy #turtle #tortoise #conservation #endangered #rare #spiny #cute #red #nofilter


These lovely ladies show off some of Myanmar’s most beautiful residents. Burmese Star Tortoises (Geochelone platynota) are listed as Critically Endangered and have become ecologically extinct in the wild. The Turtle Conservancy breeds more of these amazing animals than anyone else in the United States.


I Imagineered myself a redic tortoise habitat. I’ll be trying to make this nutty thing over the weekend before my new family members arrive on Tuesday.

thats amazing! Human is obsessed with those hairpin table legs.