Thursday, January 31, 2013

Winter's Rest

A short break from hibernation for a good look outside. And a good stretch.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cousin? Or Freak of Nature?!

Nah, just the Batagur Baska, the northern river terrapin, one handsome (and most unusual) species of riverine turtle!
























Unfortunately, it is also one of the most critically endangered turtle species according to a recent assessment by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Friday, January 18, 2013

Please Release Me

Southern River Terrapin
Cambodia, Jan. 2012 (UPI) -- Conservations say a Southern River terrapin, one of the most endangered turtles on Earth, has been released back into the wild at a river in Cambodia.




The Wildlife Conservation Society, with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, announced the release into the Sre Ambel River. On its capture it was voluntarily turned it over to the WCS Cambodia turtle team instead of being sold on the black market and sent to food markets in China.

The female turtle, captured in the Sre Ambel River by local fishermen in April 2011, is thought to be one of only about 200 adult terrapins remaining in the wilds of Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia, and the population in the Sre Ambel River is estimated at fewer than 10 nesting females.

The released turtle, weighing about 75 pounds, has been fitted with a satellite transmitter to allow conservationists to monitor its movements, the first such monitoring of this species, researchers said.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Cousin: The Myanmar River Turtle

Look at this guy! This is the Myanmar River Turtle, and is now sadly listed as ‘critically endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Myanmar is a state in southeast Asia, also known as Burma. 
Females can reach up to 24 inches in shell length, and mature males develop a spectacular breeding-season coloration, becoming silvery white with black stripes on the shell, and a black face mask over a lime-green head. The eggs of these last animals have been protected in recent years and the juveniles are being raised at Mandalay Zoo for re-introduction.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Rednecks!

Not sure where these fellas come from but they sure look redhead rough!

Friday, January 4, 2013

One Short-Legged Leap for Terrapins....

In 1968 the Soviets sent turtles into space, thus making my species the first on the moon! Who knew our contributions to space exploration were so profound?

Click here for the whole story!