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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Turtles & the Law

A Massachusetts developer has run into restrictions from box turtle conservation requirements. (News source.)

The US Army wants to relocate 1100 endangered California desert tortoises. (News source.)

The USFWS is reviewing the desert tortoise for possible ESA inclusion. (News source.)

A Canadian turtle keeper was sentenced to nine months in jail for keeping threatened species, mostly Blanding's turtles. (News source.)

Sea turtles and their eggs will be banned for possession, consumption, etc., in the Bahamas soon. (News source.)

Vietnamese officials seized 10 tons of tortoise and pangolin shells smuggled in from Indonesia. (News source.)

Poachers continue to threaten the Madagascar spider tortoise. (News source.)

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Long Island Herp Survey

One of the highlights of a recent survey of reptiles/amphibians on Long Island NPS sites was an eastern box turtle that had the carved initials (on its plastron) of a naturalist from 90 years ago. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Church Turtle

A United Methodist church in Florida has a box turtle that lives in the atrium. It's a friendly turtle that comes when called and plays with visitors. From the news:

"Churchie's home, alongside a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, consists of a large confined area with a palm tree, monkey grass, oyster plants, mulch and natural plant vegetation. Head Custodian Conan Gross observed Churchie hanging on the pants leg of a roofer working at the church after some damage in the 2004 hurricanes. The roofer was surprised at the extra weight on his leg as he went up the ladder, and more surprised to see Churchie hanging on affectionately.
"The turtle likes to grab Conan's shoe laces and will gently latch on to most anyone, but especially to Conan or Churchie's main caretaker, Kevin Oldebloom, who maintains the atrium."

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Turtle Tricks

A psychologist has apparently spent 10 years teaching his box turtle to do tricks (play dead, run, roll over) to help children learn to overcome obstacles. (News source.)

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Turtle Dogs

A retired teacher is being paid by the Maryland State Highway Administration to locate box turtles with his turtle-tracking dogs, along the route of a new connecting highway. (News source.)

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Virginia Box Turtles

Virginia researchers are investigating populations of eastern box turtles in that state to assess their viability. Many individuals may no longer be able to reproduce, or offspring may face too many predators. (News source.)

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Missouri and Box Turtles

Missouri has added the three-toed box turtle as the state reptile, along with the crayfish as the state invertebrate. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A Boy and His Box Turtle

A story about an Oklahoma box turtle... (News source.)

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