• A varied selection of recent articles, stories and sites on the Web that is compiled by Michael J. Connor, Ph.D.
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Tortuga Gazette 52(6) | November/December 2016

Aesop Redux!
Viral video of a leopard tortoise and a lop-eared rabbit hot-footing it in a rerun of the famous Tortoise and the Hare fable.

Desert Tortoises at Red Cliffs
Listen to Ann McLuckie as she does her desert tortoise field work at Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in southwest Utah.

Diego Does His Thing and Saves His Species
Diego, one of the two male Hood or Española Island giant tortoises that survived to modern times, has now fathered over 800 young and made a major contribution to the survival of his species

Saving Cambodia’s “Royal” Turtles
Conservation of the southern river terrapin or royal turtle, Batagur affinis, made a giant leap forward with the release of 206 head-started specimens of the nearly extinct turtles into protected waters at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center in western Cambodia.

Florida Washbacks
Brevard Zoo video on rehabbing sea turtle hatchlings stranded by Hurricane Nicole.

Important New Sea Turtle Fossils From Alabama The recovery of two near-complete skeletons of Ctenochelys acris may help clarify the evolutionary lineage that yielded the green sea turtle, Kemp’s ridley, and the loggerhead.

Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels Threaten Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches Interesting Turtle Island Restoration Network report highlights threats from climate change to sea turtle nesting beaches.

Marine Turtle NewsletterMarine Turtle Newsletter
Issue 150 of the Marine Turtle Newsletter is now available.


Tortuga Gazette 52(4) | July/August 2016

Western Pond Turtles at San Francisco’s Mountain Lake
Western Pond Turtles have been reintroduced to San Francisco’s Mountain Lake (video).

Oldest Documented Blanding’s Turtle Recaptured at Age 83
A female Blanding’s turtle believed to be at least 83 years old was captured at a University of Michigan forest reserve this week.

Sliders Are Tough
Watch this news report of a slider crashing through a driver’s windscreen. Despite being hit by a car and propelled into the windscreen of a following car the turtle survived!

Ontario Spiny Softshells Flourishing After Dam Failure
The busted Springbank Dam has led to more natural flows and a resurgence of the threatened spiny softshell turtle along the Thames River, southwestern Ontario

Fewer Bolson Tortoises Being Eaten
It’s rare that we see news coverage of Gopherus flavomarginatus, but evidently less are being eaten by the locals!

Florida Nuclear Power Plant Sucks in a Sea Turtle Every Day
Over 4,100 loggerhead or green sea turtles have been sucked into in-take pipes at St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island in the past ten years.

Prison Term for Sea Turtle Egg Smugglers
A Hemet couple got 6 months jail time for smuggling 800 sea turtle eggs.

Green Sea Turtles Federally Down-listed
On April 6, 2016 the FWS and NOAA revised the listing of the endangered green sea turtle. They now identify eleven distinct population segments with some endangered some threatened.

Read the Federal Register notice for more information.

Kemps Ridley Recovery Stalls
Kemps Ridley sea turtle populations are declining following 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Turtle-saving Edible Six Pack Rings
These biodegradable six-pack rings should definitely get wider use!

Recent Turtle Journals

• Table of contents for the June 2016 issue of Chelonian Conservation and Biology.

• African Sea Turtle Newsletter # 5 is now available for free download.


Tortuga Gazette 52(2) | March/April 2016

Lonesome George Relatives Captured Online
Photographs of hybrid saddle-backed tortoises recovered from Isla Isabela.

Micro-Culverts Installed For Japanese Turtles
Evidently, red-eared sliders ride trains in Japan.

Headphone Removed From Pet Turtle’s Stomach
Brief report features a picture of the turtle strapped in a CAT scanner at UC Davis.

Hanoi’s Yangtze Giant Soft-shell Turtle Died
With the death of famed Cu Rua, only 3 Yangtze giant soft-shell turtles are known to survive.

New Jairo Mora Murder Trial Underway
New trial of 3 men charged with murdering turtle conservationist Jairo Mora began January 25, 2016.

Nuclear Fallout Used to Probe Hawaii’s Hawksbills
Researchers used bomb radiocarbon to estimate the birth dates, growth rates and age of reproductive maturity of critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Rides El Nino to San Francisco
An endangered olive ridley sea turtle was spotted in the last week of December off Point Reyes!

Biology of the Reptilia Online
The complete set of Biology of the Reptilia is now available online.

Xiaochelys ningchengensis
New species of extinct turtle named, based on a fossil from Inner Mongolia.

Zoo Opens Turtle Lab
Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero has a new turtle conservation lab.