kfpaddle:

Holy smokes! What an AWESOME treat!

This mama diamondback terrapin is my lifer nesting dbt. I’ve seen dozens out in the marsh, but this one is my first on land (not counting those in captivity/rehab). She’s gorgeous, isn’t she?

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

#mothersday #mamaturtle #diamondbackterrapin #terrapin #nestingturtle #turtle #reptile #herpetology #marshturtle #naturalhistory #coastalgeorgia #conservationconnection #conservation #exploregeorgia #stsimons #stsimonsisland #GoldenIsles #Georgia #kfpaddle #bluemind (at Saint Simons Island, Georgia)

Baby photos of 10 of the world’s rarest turtles from the zoo trying to save them

Baby photos of 10 of the world’s rarest turtles from the zoo trying to save them

typhlonectes:

The turtle and tortoise hatchlings pictured here, some about the size of quarter, are part of assurance colonies at the Bronx Zoo’s World of Reptiles. Nearly all of these species are reproduced according to recommendations from Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs. SSPs manage populations of species in AZA zoos and aquariums for genetic viability and demographic stability, in order to ensure that captive populations are healthy and could be safely reintroduced to the wild if needed…