robkrisblog:

According to Robert Pattinson, not all animals can be as cute as Robert Pattinson. But all species, cute or not, deserve to be protected, so he’s joining the search! You can too at lostspecies.org of Robert Pattinson and his new friend, a yellow-blotched map turtle

Shot for @global_wildlife_conservationand @turtleconservancy

American Tortoise Rescue “Shellebrates” World Turtle Day® on May 23, 2018 | World Turtle Day® | Home

American Tortoise Rescue “Shellebrates”
World Turtle Day® on May 23, 2018 | World Turtle Day® | Home

#Shellebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats on #WorldTurtleDay
#shellebrate #worldturtleday

(Via WorldTurtleDay.Com)

ATR launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world.

Biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years. Adults and children can do a few small things that can help save turtles and tortoises for future generations

  • Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
  • Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
  • If a tortoise is crossing a busy highway, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again (but be safe yourself!).
  • Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to endangered sea turtle deaths.
  • Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
  • Report tiny turtles less than four inches sold at pet stores and street vendors or used as prizes at carnivals and other events. Their sale has been illegal since 1974.

ATR’s ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world. The first priority here in the U.S. is to ask pet stores and reptile shows to stop the sale of hatchling tortoises and turtles without proper information for the buyer. For example, many people buy sulcata tortoises as an impulse buy because they are so adorable when they are tiny. The breeders and pet stores frequently do not tell the buyers that this tortoise can grow to 100 pounds or more and needs constant heat throughout the year since they do not hibernate.

Follow @WorldTurtleDay on Twitter where last year it trended at the top when thousands of people tweeted #worldturtleday to spread the good word about turtles.

About Us

American Tortoise Rescue is a nonprofit founded in 1990 for the protection of all species of turtles and tortoises. We have rescued more than 4,000 since inception. Foundlings that cannot be adopted because of ill health remain in the care of ATR for the remainder of their lives. ATR acts as a clearinghouse for information about turtle care. We work to abolish “live market” slaughter of turtles in the US, the sale of reptiles on sites like craigslist.com and the cruel importation and exploitation of a variety of species.

Here’s your World Turtle Day turtle research thread!

montereybayaquarium:

Let’s catch up on turtle science! Here are some studies from our researchers:  

Share your favorite turtle studies, stories and facts!

typhlonectes:

Turtle Conservancy:

We
were fortunate enough to help New Jersey Fish & Wildlife study
endangered wood and bog turtles yesterday!

This gorgeous female Wood
Turtle
(Glyptemys insculpta) is being marked at a protected site to
study long term population movement and effects.

Thanks New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife!

Smiling cause you’re gonna save their species! 

That brings another #WorldTurtleDay to a close. We’ll be sharing more words of wisdom from experts in the coming weeks. We leave you with this:

The American Tortoise Rescue has come up with a few things YOU can do to help turtles and tortoises this year.  

Biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years. Adults and children can do a few small things that can help save turtles and tortoises for future generations.

  • Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
  •  Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.  
  • If a tortoise is crossing a busy highway, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.  
  • Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off-road vehicles and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to endangered sea turtle deaths.
  • Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
  • Report the use of tiny turtles as prizes at carnivals and other events.  It’s illegal.
  • Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches.  It is illegal to buy and sell them throughout the U.S.

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 impacts the lives of 360 other animals ability to survive. Conservation matters! 

We asked her to share a little more about this photo and her work with the gopher tortoises and their many roommates: 

Gopher tortoises are the only native tortoise species in the southeastern US. They dig burrows up to 40 feet in length for protection from weather, fire, and predators, and are considered a keystone species because their burrows also provide refuge for over 360 other animals. Gopher tortoises are listed as federally threatened in Florida, and some animals, such as the indigo snake, are directly impacted by the gopher tortoises decline. This photo of the gopher tortoise and the southern toad was taken during the midday, summer heat in south Florida which is likely the reason the southern toad is taking refuge underground with the tortoise.

Many issues contribute to the decline of gopher tortoises, but their most significant threat today is habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation due to urban development. One way everyone can help with gopher tortoise conservation is by supporting conservation land-acquisition programs. In order to protect the gopher tortoise and the many species that depend on them, protection of their remaining habitats, as well as habitat restoration and management, should be of the highest priority.

freddytortpages:

Ellos to all of my followers
And a grand
♡♡♡♡Happy World Wide Turtle day♡♡♡♡♡♡
I hope yall give all my turtle and tortoise friends some yummie treats and give them much needed love on such a wonderful holiday
Ontop of some good romping around time in or outside today. I sure am going to have a great day

Freddy

Happy #WorldTurtleDay Freddy!

Zoya is having a pretty great day too. She got a BIG surprise! 

No better way to #shellebrate than fresh noms!

Words of Wisdom from the Experts Pt. 1

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 and fellow tumblrite @typhlonectes shares some important perspective and a call to action. 

I want people to know that a lot of turtles are in trouble. Out of the 325+ species of turtle in the world, up to a 3rd of them are in trouble in some way, some them critically endangered, some even extinct in the wild, living only in captivity now.

Turtles face threats from overcollection as food, overcollection for the pet industry, and habitat destruction.

People can and should help threatened and endangered turtles through conservation organizations like:
http://www.turtlesurvival.org/
https://www.turtleconservancy.org/home/
https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/sea-turtle