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.


My local Audubon chapter hosts birdwalks every Sunday morning through the spring and fall migration periods, but as is often the case when you gather a bunch of observant, interesting people together, sometimes it’s the journey rather than the destination that really counts. Birds took a backseat, at least temporarily, to this little snapping turtle found on the trail. 

Photo by L. Brody Dunn

Well can you blame them? Look at that little shell. You simply can’t turn away. Its part of our shell charm (and/or our covert hypnotism tests #Turtpocalypse)


If you’re spending time outside this weekend in the North East make sure to keep an eye out for Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta)! Wood Turtles are a beautiful and charismatic species classified as Endangered by the IUCN. They have suffered greatly from habitat loss and degradation, as well as collection for the illegal pet trade. When encountering a wild turtle it is best to leave them alone and allow them to get to their destination safely. Happy Friday!