Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Are Two Heads Better Than One?

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Assam Roofed Turtle

This beautiful species is extremely endangered in Northeast India:

The Assam Roofed turtle, also known as Sylhet roofed turtle, has a triangular and elevated carapace with a promient spiked keel and strongly serrated marginal plates. The carapace is olive-brown in color, with a lighter (yellowish to beige) keel. The head is small and has a weakly hooked upper jaw; a narrow pink stripe runs from the back of each eye to the middle of the back of the head. Adults normally grow to a maximum length of 8 in. (20.5cm).

This species live in the northeastern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh, India. It is found in terrestrial and freshwater habitats in areas with upland tropical moist forest, and fast-flowing streams and perhaps also small rivers.

The species is amphibian. In the cooler months of the dry season, from December to February, it basks during most of the day; individuals living in cooler hill-streams may do so year round. The turtle is shy and never basks on river banks, but only on emergent logs or rocks. At the slightest disturbance, it will dive quickly to the middle of the river, hiding between rocks. Juveniles often flee into accumulations of dead leaves for camouflage and remain motionless.

The Assam Roofed turtle is a rare species known only from a few individuals; it is exploited for its meat and eggs for local consumption and may also enter the pet trade. Habitat destruction by logging and incidental capture in fishing gear are also thought to present threats. The species is currently classified as Endangered (EN) by the IUCN.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lonesome George

This incredible creature was the last surviving member of the Pinta Island tortoise
sub-species when he died in 2012 at around 100 years old. You can visit him in
taxidermied form at the 
American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Read more about Lonesome George at Smithsonian mag

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Turtle Pet Rock Fun

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

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Join ABV's Turtle Conservation Project!

Consider spending a few weeks participating in A Broader View's "Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program" in spectacular Costa Rica. Experience not required and open to all age groups.  Click here for more details and to sign up!

Learn more about A Broader View's great volunteer programs here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Our Amazing Underwater World

Sent to Nat Geo by a fan:
An amazing National Geographic image

There seems to be two separate universes on this planet, and this one lies beneath.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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 they can be found 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.

The Diamondback terrapin is believed to be the only turtle in the world that lives exclusively in brackish water (containing some salt, but not as much as ocean water), habitats like tidal marshes, estuaries and lagoons. Most terrapins hibernate during the winter by burrowing into the mud of marshes.

Although not endangered, declines in population are a result of drowning in commercial crab pots and is the major threat to the Diamondback terrapin, while coastal development interrupts nesting beaches.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Welcome to Our World, little fella!

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sins of Summer

Humans, as you make your way to the beach this summer, please remember what your garbage left behind can do to wildlife in the area.

Please don't let this happen. Remember this image next time you encounter a plastic
6-pack beverage holder. Be sure to dispose by cutting into pieces or recycling.