Center for Biological Diversity News Release Atlantic Population Faces 50% Drop by 2050, Pacific Declining 5% Annually WASHINGTON— A new review of leatherback sea turtle science concludes that seven distinct populations of leatherback sea turtles face a high extinction risk. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a finding […]High Extinction Risk for All Seven Leatherback Sea Turtle Populations — Natural History Wanderings
BioNews writes about the recently-published Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) 2019 annual report. “Last year marked an important year as new research provided insight into local green and hawksbill turtle populations. Understanding annual shifts and long-term trends for these turtles will provide key information to designing conservation strategies for the future.” STCB works to collect […]
Petchary’s Blog reminds us that yesterday marked the 15th Annual Endangered Species Day, and makes a plea for the protection of sea turtles. Here are excerpts: There was a painful, sad post on social media this morning: the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society needs help to save and protect our Sea Turtles. On May 8 and 14, […]
Pelusios sinuatus The Serrated Hinged Terrapin is commonly encountered in large rivers, dams and lakes from northern Kwazulu-Natal, through Mpumalanga and Limpopo and northwards to Somalia. They’re often seen basking on rocks, fallen trees and sandbanks (and even on top of hippos!). During wet weather, Serrated Hinged Terrapins will migrate over land and establish themselves […]
Loop News reported that, with the Emperor Valley Zoo in Trinidad and Tobago emptied of people due to the COVID-19 clampdown, a 100-year-old South American river turtle has laid eggs in her enclosure. Zoological officer Sharlene Khan said the South American river turtle is one of the largest freshwater turtle species in the world and has been at the […]
In 2019, I was fortunate enough to spend a good length of time in Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi. During my stay I was privileged enough to visit the amazing Bunaken Marine Park dozens of times. I remember before deciding to visit North Sulawesi, the only time I had heard or seen the word […]
Written by Tzu-Ming Liu. The traditional culture of the local aboriginal Tao tribe on Lanyu Island has a very strong cultural taboo regarding the Green Sea Turtles. Their habitat is close to the local population’s traditional cemetery and the area is regarded as the living space of evil spirits. The organisms living in these areas, such as green sea turtles, are believed to have devil spirits.
With cooler weather predicted today we decided on a longer outing, venturing as far as Olifants and Letaba Rest Camps to the north of Satara in the Kruger National Park. After dinner we joined another guided night drive.
Order: Testudines Family: Emydidae Actinemys marmorata (Northwestern pond turtle) and Actinemys pallida (Southwestern pond turtle) Natural History Information Range and Habitat Historically found from southern British Columbia to northern Baja California, Western pond turtles once dominated freshwater systems throughout the west coast of North America (Germano and Bury 2001). Marshes, wetland sloughs, lakes and ponds […]
Clemmys guttata Order: Testudines Family: Emydidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat Spotted pond turtles are found in large, deep rivers in northern India, Assam, southern Pakistan and Bangladesh. Longevity Spotted pond turtles can live 15 to 20 years or more if cared for properly. Ecosystem Role Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Life Cycle Natural History […]