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Tweaking the approach to save the desert tortoise

4 days ago

Researchers raising them in captivity until they are less vulnerable to predators. “Increase the size, increase the survival”…
Climate change could bring short-term gain, long-term pain for loggerhead turtles

September 6, 2019

An overwhelming scientific consensus affirms that for thousands of species across the globe, climate change is an immediate…
How red-eared invaders are hurting California’s native turtles

August 26, 2019

In the summer of 2011, visitors to the University of California, Davis, Arboretum may have witnessed an unusual…
How did the turtle get its shell?

August 8, 2019

Turtles are a beautiful mystery in the animal kingdom. Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to see…
New study could reset how scientists view sex determination in painted turtle populations

August 6, 2019

A new study from Iowa State University scientists could flip the established framework for how scientists believe geography…
Turtle study shows hearts can be programmed to survive without Oxygen

June 28, 2019

University of Manchester and University of North Texas scientists are the first to show that an embryonic living…
Sea turtles struggle years after unexplained die-off

April 11, 2019

New research is detailing how environmental stressors, including heavy metals, brought on by human activity are harming coastal…
Climate change could devastate painted turtles, according to new study

March 15, 2019

An Iowa State University biologist is sounding the alarm for the painted turtle, one of many reptiles for…
For these critically endangered marine turtles, climate change could be a knockout blow

December 19, 2018

Hawksbill turtles aren’t the only marine turtles threatened by the destabilizing effects of climate change, but a new…
Microplastics found deep in sand where turtles nest

September 27, 2018

Microplastics have been found deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs. University of…
Cold never bothered me anyway: Pacific sea turtles’ metabolisms stay active over winter

September 25, 2018

Separate groups of loggerhead sea turtles have developed different metabolisms to cope with winters in their respective climates.…
Micronizing ocean plastics threaten sea turtle populations, ocean life cycle

September 20, 2018

Ingestion of degrading ocean plastics likely poses a substantial risk to the survival of post-hatchling sea turtles because the…
Where have all the turtles gone, and why does it matter?

September 19, 2018

About 61 percent of the world’s 356 turtle species are threatened or already extinct, and the decline could have…
How much plastic does it take to kill a turtle?

September 17, 2018

The risk that plastic pollution poses to the world’s declining sea turtle populations has been quantified for the…
Land use and pollution shift female-to-male ratios in snapping turtles, raising conservation concerns

September 11, 2018

Most of us know that our biological sex is decided by the pairing of X and Y chromosomes…
Tracking migration patterns of marine predators across international waters yields geopolitical challenges

September 10, 2018

Tunas, leatherback turtles, white sharks and blue whales pay no heed to geopolitical boundaries as they crisscross the…
Researchers are giving tortoises a ‘head start’

September 6, 2018

Research from the University of Georgia indicates that head-starting—raising a species in captivity and releasing it into a protected…
Recreational fisheries pose threat to skittish sea turtles

August 1, 2018

Every summer, thousands of amateur scallopers flock to the warm coastal waters of Florida’s Crystal River region, anchor…
Adult green sea turtles love snacking on jellyfish and small invertebrates

May 27, 2018

Humans eat everything. We love meat, but we also like eating our vegetables. We cannot eat plain grass,…
How turning down the heat makes a baby turtle male

May 23, 2018

Boy or girl? For those who want to influence their baby’s sex, superstition and folk wisdom offer no…
Carnivore snacks debunk theory of turtles’ strict herbivore diet

May 23, 2018

A study has revealed the diet of green turtles is more complex than previously thought, providing insights which…
Turtle and bird genomes provide tantalizing clues to dinosaur genomics

May 22, 2018

Exploring the genome of an animal that’s been extinct for 65 million years has its challenges. But studying…
Study shows sea turtle nesting beaches threatened by microplastic pollution

May 3, 2018

Plastic is famous for its unyielding durability, making it perfect for consumer products but a unique and persistent…
5.5 Million-year-old Fossil Turtle Species Sheds Light on Invasive Modern Relatives

March 1, 2018

A University of Pennsylvania paleontologist has described a 5.5 million-year-old fossil species of turtle from eastern Tennessee. It represents a…
Hybrid barriers can cut terrapin road deaths

August 16, 2017

One of Georgia’s most colorful turtle species could be wiped out on Jekyll Island by simply wandering into…
Reptile Skin Grown in Lab for First Time, Helps Study Endangered Turtle Disease

June 28, 2017

Scientists recently reconstructed the skin of endangered green turtles, marking the first time that skin of a non-mammal…
Complex cocktail of chemicals found in coastal turtles

June 5, 2017

Chemicals including heart and gout medications, herbicides, pesticides, metals and industrial chemicals have been found in the blood…
Colorful reptile serves as a health barometer for the impacts of coal waste

May 30, 2017

Coal combustion waste is well documented as an environmental pollutant. The United States produces over 130 million tons…
Exposure to BPA Potentially Induces Permanent Reprogramming of Painted Turtles’ Brains

May 17, 2017

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as food…
Wind Turbines Affect Behavior of Desert Tortoise Predators

May 4, 2017

How a wind energy facility is designed can influence the behavior of animal predators and their prey, according…
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