Sunday, October 15, 2017
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
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|
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
|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.