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Welcome to Our New Blog

Posted on:  2016-05-20 10:46:40
Box turtle moving on and moving up ... kind of like Box Turtle World's new blog!

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Hey there!

We’ve added a blog to Box Turtle World.

This is where we’ll share stuff that doesn’t fit in the regular site:

  • News stories
  • Random thoughts
  • Great sales on turtle supplies
  • More random thoughts!

These posts will mostly likely be about all kinds of turtles. Not just box turtles.

But probably more about box turtles than others.

Turtle News Briefs, January 19, 2018

Posted on: 2018-01-19 10:30:59
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

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Recent turtle news that caught our eye.

A sea turtle center in Florida gets a new, and really cute, ambassador. All those cold turtles in Texas signal good things (yes, really!). But warm nests could be a problem for lots of different turtles.

In sad news plastic, smugglers, and illegal fishing are all still problems for turtles.

Happier stories include a nesting olive ridley, helping a lost hatchling, and a lot of people working hard to protect a rare nest.

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Recent U. S. Turtle News

This week brings amazement at turtles living happily under ice (not sea turtles!).

Also another turtle population in danger of becoming all female. A possible change in status for leatherback sea turtles. And looking at the bright side of all those cold-stunned turtles.

Plus a new turtle ambassador in Florida and more.

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Turtle News Briefs, January 12, 2018

Posted on: 2018-01-12 10:30:48
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

 

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Turtle news we found interesting this week includes a creek needing protection from hungry turtles, hundreds of cold-stunned turtles recovering nicely, and how drinking beer can help turtles.

Also, turtles saved from suitcases, a leatherback nest hatches, green sea turtle nests are too warm, and more.

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Recent Box Turtle News

Studying our box turtle cousins in Asia, and learning more about how they live.

Studying Southeast Asian box turtle populations: A research team will be looking at populations inside and outside Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park in Southeast Sulawesi. They’ll study things like habitat use, movements, and diet. (Indonesia) 💗

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Turtle News Briefs, January 5, 2018

Posted on: 2018-01-05 10:30:54
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

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Welcome to 2018!

Hopefully you’ve had a good start to your year.

Sadly it hasn’t been a happy new year for sea turtles around the US. The record-breaking cold temperatures have left a lot of them stunned and needing rescue.

Elsewhere green sea turtle nesting season in Australia is going gangbusters. And new conservation efforts are planned in Vietnam.

Plus more stories.

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Recent Box Turtle News

Box turtles may be hibernating in much of the country, but the people who care for and about them aren’t!

Land needed in Texas for Box Turtle Refuge!: They’re looking for at least 20 acres in central or east Texas. It looks like they don’t necessarily have to buy the land, as long as you’d let them use it. 💗

Florida box turtle checks into CROW animal hospital: The hospital’s 1st patient this year has an injured leg & needed surgery. Vets haven’t said if it will be able to go back into the wild after recovery.

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Turtle News Briefs, December 29, 2017

Posted on: 2017-12-29 10:30:10
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Turtle News Briefs

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Can you believe it? 2017 is just about over. We want to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year.

And present a rather short Turtle News Briefs for the end of 2017.

Everybody’s still talking about the turtle busted for cocaine smuggling. And of course, the cute little turtles crawling on treadmills for science.

But we also found Santa promoting sea turtle conservation; the end of an era in Manly, NSW Australia; and late-hatching snapping turtles, among other stories.

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Recent U. S. Turtle News

It’s almost New Year’s Eve! If you can’t make it to midnight, the Maritime Aquarium’s got the right idea.

Also, baby snapping turtles make a late appearance, sea turtles get a huge send-off and (just a few) more.

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Turtle News Briefs, December 22, 2017

Posted on: 2017-12-22 10:30:06
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Turtle News Briefs

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Interesting turtle news we’ve seen recently.

Stories include a Christmas wish for a snapping turtle, a pilot joins the ranks of sea turtle heroes, and turtle hatchlings crawl and swim for science.

Plus Yoshi’s freedom day, sea turtles rethink some nesting sites, and much more.

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Recent U. S. Turtle News

Our pre-Christmas edition features a hoped-for Christmas gift for Basil the snapping turtle.

Also, some updates on cold-stunning season and rescued turtles, sea turtle hatchlings crawl on treadmills, and federal prison sentences for turtle traffickers. Plus much more.

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Turtle News Briefs, December 15, 2017

Posted on: 2017-12-15 10:30:33
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Recent turtle news we found interesting.

In the US cold stranding season marches on, with turtle rehab centers across the country pitching in to get as many turtles healthy again as possible.

Also, one California town didn’t hesitate to help the turtles find refuge from the fires.

But one population of leatherback sea turtles may make the endangered species list. And Rhode Island’s spotted turtles are in trouble.

Elsewhere, plans for a Turtle Island sanctuary look intriguing. A little sea turtle ends up thousands of miles from home. And the news about plastic pollution just keeps getting worse. 🙁 Plus much more.

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Recent U. S. Turtle News

Cold stranding season continues … along with a reminder that cold stunned turtles aren’t necessarily dead.

Meanwhile, one California town turned city hall’s basement into a turtle refuge, a Florida county is adding a 2nd sea turtle statue, and one New Mexico home has a unique turtle carving in the backyard.

That “dead” turtle may not be! It could just be suffering from the cold. Don’t try to warm it up (that could kill it!). But do please call for help.

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Turtle News Briefs, December 8, 2017

Posted on: 2017-12-08 10:30:00
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Recent turtle news stories we found interesting.

Scientists keep learning more about where adult sea turtles forage. And how juveniles spend their first few years.

Also … why do people seem to forget many turtle species are protected? Selling them, killing them, and fishing in their sanctuaries keep getting people in trouble!

Also, several sea turtle releases, a dramatic rescue, and saving the rare Dahl’s toad-headed Turtle. Plus much more.

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Recent U. S. Turtle News

This week the Ventura County wildfires destroyed homes and threatened people & animals alike. But nearly 100 turtles rode to safety as their sanctuary’s evacuation plan worked beautifully.

Elsewhere, a snapping turtle and his fish friend need a new tank. We keep learning more about how & where sea turtles live. And lighted fishing nets can protect turtles. Plus much, much more.

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Turtle News Briefs, December 1, 2017

Posted on: 2017-12-01 10:30:46
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Turtle News Briefs

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Turtle news we found interesting this week.

U.S. turtle news is a bit light. But still interesting … from giant sea turtles in Kansas to a late nest on Juno beach. And lots of cold sea turtles getting warmed up and rehydrated.

In other parts of the world sea turtle nesting season has gotten underway, with hatching nests, hatchling releases, and some new protections. Other turtle species also get protection, and turtle smugglers get caught, among other stories.

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Recent Box Turtle News

We didn’t find any new stories about box turtles this week. But we’re re-sharing this story from last week. Because it’s important to remember wild box turtles belong in the wild.

If you’re buying one, please make sure it’s not coming from a guy like this!

Probation & a fine for shipping box turtles across state lines: Byron Paul Pitre had more than 230 box turtles at his home, along with map turtles, Sulcata tortoises, and others. He had sold 3 of the box turtles (to an undercover agent … oops!) & shipped them to Texas. That shipment violated both federal law and Louisiana law.

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Turtle News Briefs, November 24, 2017

Posted on: 2017-11-24 10:30:37
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Turtle news we found interesting recently.

Lots of sea turtle nests in the US this year. And lots of positive progress on sea turtle conservation over many years, around the world.

But certain human activities still cause problems everywhere.

Plus some releases, some rescues, and more.

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Recent Box Turtle News

Most wild box turtle are hibernating … except for the ones this guy had captured and was trying to sell. 🙁 But he tried to sell them to the wrong person.

Probation & a fine for shipping box turtles across state lines: Byron Paul Pitre had more than 230 box turtles at his home, along with map turtles, Sulcata tortoises, and others. He had sold 3 of the box turtles (to an undercover agent … oops!) & shipped them to Texas. That shipment violated both federal law and Louisiana law.

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Turtle News Briefs, November 17, 2017

Posted on: 2017-11-17 10:30:24
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Turtle stories we found interesting this week.

They include: cold stranding season starts in New England, record numbers of green turtle nests in Volusia County, and a surprising find in a southern Illinois creek.

Plus a tortoise vigorously defends his garden, a sea turtle with a lifebelt, and more.

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Recent U. S. Turtle News

Cold-stranding season has begun in Cape Code a bit early this year. And rescuers need pilots’ help to get the affected turtles to treatment centers.

There’s also good news from Texas, where unlimited commercial turtle trapping may end. And from Illinois, where researchers found a wild snapping turtle for the first time in decades.

Other stories include unwanted turtle traps, and upgraded sea turtle hospital, and more.

Looking for volunteers to help save cold-stunned sea turtles. Turtles Fly Too (a sea turtle rescue and transport organization) needs people to fly the injured animals from the Boston area to rehab centers for treatment.

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