Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hawksbill Harry Says Hello

Hawksbill turtles have been hunted extensively for their shells which make attractive tortoise-shell jewellery, brushes, eyeglass frames and rings. In some parts of the world such as China and Japan, the hawksbill turtle is also eaten as a delicacy. So badly decimated are the hawksbills that these turtles are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Don't Try This at Home

... or anywhere, for that matter...

(not sure what is going on in the rear portion...)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Loggerheads Come Ashore

Watch as thousands of loggerhead turtles make their way to the beaches to nest in Oaxaca, Baja California. You can learn more about loggerhead sea turtles at Turtle Time, Inc.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Goombah's in Town

He doesn't seem happy. I don't have an answer to make him happy. Trouble ahead.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

T-Rex Cozy

Mama goes to all this trouble to help me disguise myself from Fritz.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Real Red Ears

... and that's why I'm called a Red Eared Slider!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Houston, We Have an Egg!

Here is the excitement of an Eastern Box Turtle laying an egg:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Zen Terp

make room on the yoga mat for me

Monday, August 4, 2014

Brothers in Arms

Severely happy Hawksbill turtles swim the water near Kuala Lumpur

Friday, August 1, 2014

You Can Call Me Handsome

Not many do, though.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hatchlings Escape Florida Keys, Make Run For It!

Live-streaming webcam catches loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nest in the Florida Keys!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Cousin - The Egyptian Tortoise

The Egyptian Tortoise (also known as the Kleinmann's Tortoise), is a critically endangered, neck-hiding tortoise with its numbers now dwindling. The Egyptian Tortoise is one hard-core turtle, living in deserts and semi-arid habitats, usually with compact sand and gravel plains, scattered rocks, shallow, dry woodlands, shrubby areas and coastal salt marsh habitats. They are least active when it is very cold or very hot. During the colder months, they are out most during midday. During the warm season, they are active in the morning and evening. The rest of the day is spent under brushes or in rodent burrows. They become sexually mature between 10-20 years old.

The female tortoises are larger than the males; males are more slender and have a longer tail. Their shells have high domes, and range in color from ivory to pale gold to dark brown or dull yellow, which helps regulate the impact of sunlight and its stay in the desert heat. It's shell is an effective camouflage in the desert.

The species is extinct in Egypt, and global extinction is a looming threat unless more actions are taken to protect this species. Habitat loss and illegal pet trade are huge issues facing this species and while their population is still on the decline, the risk of complete extinction is very real if habitat degradation and illegal trade continue at their present rate.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Sunnin'

A perfect day in the life of a perfect turtle...

Thursday, July 17, 2014