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.


This is going viral on Facebook right now. There are jokes being made about it, and it makes me sick. Let me educate you guys, and hopefully save a few turtles in the process:

1. Turtles know where they’re going. DO NOT MOVE THEM IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION THAN THEY ARE ALREADY HEADING. Some turtles, such as Box Turtles, will actually die if they are moved or deterred from going where they’re going.

2. If the turtle is in danger, such as being in the middle of a busy road, then simply pick it up and move it (in the same direction it was going) until it is in a safe place. That’s it. Don’t take it home, and don’t bring it to a completely new location unless absolutely necessary!

3. While I’m talking about it, there is a proper way to pick up a turtle! DO NOT grab or pick up the turtle by its tail or legs. That can cause extreme pain and permanent harm to the animal! Place one hand on each side of the shell, a little bit behind the front legs, and lift the turtle. Make sure you keep the turtle low to the grown, should it decide to freak out a bit and you drop it.

4. If the turtle is large, it may be a snapping turtle. Those are aggressive and have extremely painful bites! Instead of picking it up, gently move it along with a blunt object until it is safely out of harms way.

5. Turtles swim and enjoy water. They know how to find a water source, they do not need your help. If you see a turtle roaming around next to a pond or lake, don’t pick it up and toss it in the water, it’s likely on land for a reason!

6. Tortoises are NOT water animals in any way, shape, or form! Don’t EVER throw them into any water! While some can swim, most cannot and will drown!

7. How do you tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Here’s a few ways:

-Turtles tend to have webbed feet for swimming, while tortoises have round, stubby feet for walking.

-Turtles have flatter shells; tortoises have large, dome shaped shells that tend to have bumps and ridges on them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you have any other information that can help to educate people on this topic, please feel free to add it!

not cool. We posted about this issue before, and this continues to go viral. If its a joke I’m glad but we should not even laugh about this abusive, ridiculous, ILLEAGAL, act. Come on people.

And read the info on this post! It is useful, important and could stop you from doing something stupid!


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!



quality entertainment (via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVtGpOY9-vc)

This kale sucks! I tried it from every angle.. whatever humans. #BrunchIsFor2LeggedPeople

reblogging to add: I generally assume we can separate cute videos on the internet from reality, but just in case: Don’t feed your tortoise pancakes. They aren’t good for them. Videos of mashed potato eating torts? thats banana. Enjoy the cute and stick with a healthy tortie diet 🙂 KTHX


Leopard Tortoise by Stan Mastrantonis via Tumblr 

I found this little cutie while I was patrolling the Bulele Nature Reserve (part of The Greater Kruger Park). Named for his markings, he’s just a wee little guy now, but Leopard Tortoise’s can grow to be 460 mm (18 inches). You never know what you’re going to find on patrol!

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