Since 1964, California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC) has been promoting and facilitating the care, rescue and adoption of native and nonnative turtle species.

CTTC is a California Public Benefit Corporation recognized as a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3). Contributions and donations to CTTC are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

CTTC was founded in 1964 and has over 1,000 members world-wide. Membership in CTTC is managed through the Club's many Chapters.

Most CTTC Chapters hold monthly meetings that typically include an educational program and a chance to socialize and share information. Many Chapters maintain libraries with borrowing privileges for members. Many Chapters also hold annual turtle and tortoise shows, sponsor field trips, and participate in community outreach activities. All Club members receive the CTTC newsletter, the Tortuga Gazette, as a benefit of membership in CTTC.


Turtles in the News

Galápagos giant tortoises show that in evolution, slow and steady gets you places (1 March 2017)

On a hot September day in 1835, Charles Darwin met his first giant tortoise on Chatham Island, part of the Galápagos archipelago. After visiting other islands in the archipelago, he came to realize that each island had its own, but slightly different giant tortoise. Read the article...


44 viable eggs found of one of the most endangered turtles on the planet (11 April 2017)

For a while it was believed that the Burmese roofed turtle (Batagur trivittata) had gone the way of the dodo. Found only in Myanmar, the beautiful turtles were once common in the Ayeyarwady-Chindwin River system, but their numbers dropped steadily during the last half of the 20th century. After a long absence, however, a few members of the species were discovered and an assurance colony was started at a nearby zoo. Read the article...

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