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Threatened: A Green-Haired Turtle That Can Breathe Through Its Genitals
Published: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:47:18 GMT
Description: Getting on the endangered list issued by the Zoological Society of London isn’t actually about looks. Creatures have to be evolutionarily distinctive, not just weird.
Ancient Crocodiles Once Feasted on Giant Tortoises on This Island
Published: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:18 GMT
Description: Bite marks on fossils found on an atoll near eastern Africa suggest that this paradise for the world’s most common giant tortoise may have once been a much scarier place.
He Traded a Tortoise for a Turtle. He Got 6 Months in Jail.
Published: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:49:11 GMT
Description: A Queens man who traded a 95-pound tortoise stolen from a nature center for $300 and a musk turtle has always been “an animal lover,” his mother says. “That’s really his downfall.”
More Female Sea Turtles Born as Temperatures Rise
Published: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:12:29 GMT
Description: Male hatchlings are disappearing on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a new study shows, because the growing warmth of nests produces more females.
Beach Crawling Doesn’t Tire Out Baby Sea Turtles
Published: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 10:00:28 GMT
Description: When hatchling turtles tackled a treadmill, their stop-and-go style of crawling kept them fresh enough for a big swim to the Gulf Stream.
Turtle Treadmills, a Novel Test for Stamina
Published: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 10:00:03 GMT
Description: Hatchling sea turtles are sturdier than you may expect. They get their endurance from a stop-and-go crawling style.
How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back
Published: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:02:32 GMT
Description: The shells of tumble-prone saddlebacks on the Galápagos Islands may not do them any favors, according to a new study.
Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma
Published: Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:55:27 GMT
Description: The storm obliterated nests during what scientists had hoped would be a record year for leatherback and green turtles.
Slow and Steady, a Tortoise Is Winning Its Race With Extinction
Published: Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:05:45 GMT
Description: The Burmese Star Tortoise was called functionally extinct by ecologists, but a captive breeding program in Myanmar has saved it, a study says.
Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World
Published: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:46:44 GMT
Description: Researchers analyzed all existing public data of sea turtle nesting sites around the world and found a tale of “cautionary optimism.”
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