Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Cousin: The Australian Snake Neck Turtle

The Australian Snake-necked Turtle is typically found in swamps, lakes, slow moving waterways, creeks and billabongs in southeastern and eastern Australia. This species may migrate overland during the summer months (December to February in Australia) and they are often found wandering on overcast days during this time.

The carapace may reach up to 12 inches in length. These are the most commonly kept turtle in eastern Australia; it is generally shy but wil adapt quickly into captivity and is the easiest of all Australian species to maintain. Newly captured specimens will musk, emitting a strong smelling liquid as a means of defense. This, however, ceases as they settle into captivity.

Their diet in the wild includes frogs, tadpoles, small fish and crustaceans. In captivity they will feed on vitamin supplemented raw meat, small mice, fish, and dry puppy chow. They will also even accept canned dog food.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Alien or Albino?

Who knows, but he sure is mysterious!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Alone Again

Naturally.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Good Stretch

Indian Rock turtles get a good stretch in to remind themselves that Spring is almost here.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Quest to Nest Game!

Help protect Loggerhead sea turtles in this fun kid's game! Click to play~




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mating Season Begins

Along the Europa Atoll in the Indian Ocean west of Madagascar, endangered green turtles perform the mating dance. And then get busy.


Happy Birthday, mama!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mystery Solved!

Once hatchlings leave the Florida beaches, where do they go? Read this fascinating recent discovery about Loggerhead turtle hatchlings and their travels across the Atlantic Ocean.

Read the story here!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Call Me Mr. EmpaƱada

On a cold winter day, nothing beats the chill like a warm baked treat, preferably filled with fruit.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Waiting for the Snow to Melt

Me and Goomba waiting patiently....


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Enough Already!

Get me off the ice, this is no place for a turtle!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome to the Bronx Zoo

Almost time for school field trips, kiddies!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tiny Turt Earrings

Make a nice gift for mama. But I want to eat them.

My Cousin: The Red-Crowned Roof Turtle


Historically at home in the great rivers of northern India, female Red-Crowned Roof Turtles can weigh up to 55 pounds and have shells as long as 22 inches. Males only reach half the length of females. At the end of the rainy season, the faces and necks of male turtles develop a spectacular courtship coloration of red, yellow, white, and blue to win over the females.

Where young roof turtles go to feed, grow, and hide from predators remains a mystery. Scientists are trying to solve it by studying this species in India’s Chambal River, its last stronghold.