Sunday, December 17, 2017

Technology Saves a Tortoise!

CHECK THIS OUT!! Brazilian tortoise Freddy lost his shell (and home) from a brushfire and the volunteer group Animal Avengers from Sao Paolo stepped in to rebuild him a new 3-D carapace! Read the amazing story here.

Freddy's new shell was completely reconstructed using 3D technology!
(Thanks to Raymond in Amsterdam for this story!)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Welcome to Our World, little fella!

Look at this adorable little turtle baby! Now for a good stretch into your new world!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Turtle Pet Rock Fun

Get creative and paint your own turtle "pet rock" with this template! It's fun and makes a great doorstop!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Only this little guy/guys can tell. Hopefully they outsmart everyone and live a full life.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Western Australia Flatback

Each year from November to January, Australian Flatback turtles return to Eco Beach in The Kimberley in Western Australia, where they were born to lay multiple clutches of eggs. Some turtles nest here every twelve months while others come every second year or third year.

The flatback is one of seven species of sea turtles in the world that only nests in Australia.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's Fresh! The Brown Roof Turtle

Freshwater turtles, such as the Brown-Roofed Turtle, support livelihood of millions of fishermen by feeding upon diseased fish and should, therefore, be protected.

PHOTO CREDIT: Franck Bonin

To learn more about freshwater turtles, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My Cousin: The Diamondback Terrapin

Can this guy get any more handsome? Look at his markings!

The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) was once almost pushed to extinction due to a fashion among some members of American society for turtle meat, a trend that thankfully died out before this terrapin did.

The diamondback terrapin has an oblong upper shell (carapace) that is grey, light brown or black and patterned with concentric diamond-shapes. The shell on the underside of the terrapin (the plastron) can range in colour from yellowish to green or black, and may be decorated with bold, dark markings.

The grey or black skin of the limbs and head bears dark flecks and spots, the head is short and flat, and the prominent eyes are black. The large, webbed feet are adapted for swimming, but also bear strong claws that allow the terrapin to clamber up out of the water. Female diamondback terrapins are larger than the males, and have a broader head and shorter tail. Juveniles are patterned much like adults but usually brighter and have rounder shells.

The diamondback terrapin is native to the United States, where it occurs along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Cape Cod to Texas. The diamondback terrapin inhabits the brackish waters of coastal marshes, tidal flats, coves, estuaries and coastal lagoons.