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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!

A box turtle moving on
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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, July 21, 2017

Posted on: 2017-07-21 09:30:09
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

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Did you miss any of these turtle stories recently?

Recent U. S. Turtle News

More sea turtle nests and babies. Reminders to leave the turtles & their nests alone. And a missing turtle mystery.

Eliza Ann’s back!: Just last week we shared how this loggerhead sea turtle has made two nests so far this season. Well, her tracker showed her returning to the beach July 15. Unfortunately, it looks like a false crawl, but everyone’s hoping she’ll lay a 3rd nest!   

Who stole Millennium?: He’s a 100-year-old African spurred tortoise. He disappeared from the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens (NY). The center just wants him back, and they promise no questions asked.

First loggerhead babies in 30+ years: Higgs Beach in Key West doesn’t really have enough sand for turtle nests. But one mama decided the beach volleyball court would do just fine. Her babies (104 of ‘em!) toddled to the sea on a recent Sunday night.   

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Turtle News Briefs, July 18, 2017

Posted on: 2017-07-18 09:30:17
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

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Today we have a relatively short list of turtle stories from around the US and the world. Most are good news and hopeful stories.

Recent Box Turtle News

Still no new box turtle stories, but we still like these three from last week. Check them out if you haven’t already.

  • Fiberglass box turtle: A vet in Ohio fixed a boxie’s broken shell with fiberglass a few years ago and released him. Recently she discovered her old patient just hanging out in the woods. How did she know it was him? The fiberglass “bandage” was still attached!
  • Bourret’s box turtle babies update: We shared a story about the endangered turtle hatchlings back in June. The National Zoo says they’re doing great … and they may have some younger siblings by the end of July!
  • Good news for the Keeled Box Turtle: This species of Asian Box Turtle is endangered, like so many of its cousins. But the Turtle Conservation Center has had recent success with breeding them. It says 2016 was its best year yet.

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Turtle News Briefs, July 14, 2017

Posted on: 2017-07-14 09:30:23
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

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Recent turtle news you may have missed.

We’ve got updates on a couple of stories, some good news about rescues and limiting harvests, and a reminder to leave sea turtles alone, among other stories.

Recent Box Turtle News

No new boxie news today, but we think these three stories from Tuesday are worth sharing again.

  • Fiberglass box turtle: A vet in Ohio fixed a boxie’s broken shell with fiberglass a few years ago and released him. Recently she discovered her old patient just hanging out in the woods. How did she know it was him? The fiberglass “bandage” was still attached!
  • Bourret’s box turtle babies update: We shared a story about the endangered turtle hatchlings back in June. The National Zoo says they’re doing great … and they may have some younger siblings by the end of July!  🐢
  • Good news for the Keeled Box Turtle: This species of Asian Box Turtle is endangered, like so many of its cousins. But the Turtle Conservation Center has had recent success with breeding them. It says 2016 was its best year yet.

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Turtle News Briefs, July 11, 2017

Posted on: 2017-07-11 09:30:42
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

Turtle news we found interesting recently. Did you miss any of these?

Recent Box Turtle News

Several good news stories about box turtles recently.

  • Fiberglass box turtle: A vet in Ohio fixed a boxie’s broken shell with fiberglass a few years ago and released him. Recently she discovered her old patient just hanging out in the woods. How did she know it was him? The fiberglass “bandage” was still attached!
  • Bourret’s box turtle babies update: We shared a story about the endangered turtle hatchlings back in June. The National Zoo says they’re doing great … and they may have some younger siblings by the end of July!    
  • Good news for the Keeled Box Turtle This species of Asian Box Turtle is endangered, like so many of its cousins. But the Turtle Conservation Center has had recent success with breeding them. It says 2016 was its best year yet.

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Turtle News Briefs, July 7, 2017

Posted on: 2017-07-07 09:30:47
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

🐢 Have you seen these recent turtle stories?

There’s no new box turtle news this week.  But we are sharing a cute story we found a couple weeks ago.

There’s also a mix of fun, good news, and not so good news about our shelled friends. On both land and sea.

Recent Box Turtle News

What you can learn when a box turtle moves in.

Life lessons from a box turtle: The author shares what she has learned from a box turtle that has moved into her yard.  🐢

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Turtle News Briefs, July 4, 2017

Posted on: 2017-07-04 09:30:27
Fourth of July Turtle News Briefs

Happy 4th of July!
Turtle News Briefs

 

🐢 Happy Independence Day! As you celebrate freedom, take a few moments to check out recent turtles stories you may have missed.

Today’s news includes several turtle releases. How appropriate; they had their very own independence days!

Also, Florida officials are asking people to respect nesting shorebirds and sea turtles on beaches during the holiday. Of course, this should be true every day, but for the 4th they’ve added a request to keep personal fireworks off the beach.

Recent Box Turtle News

We shared it last week, but this lighthearted box turtle story from Louisiana deserves another share.

Life lessons from a box turtle: The author shares what she has learned from a box turtle that has moved into her yard.

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Turtle News Briefs, June 30, 2017

Posted on: 2017-06-30 09:30:51
Patriotic Turtle News Briefs

Patriotic Turtle News Briefs

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Recent turtle news you may have missed.

Today has some fun stories, some inspiring stories, and a few sad stories too.

Recent Box Turtle News

Today we have a lighthearted box turtle story from Louisiana.

Life lessons from a box turtle: The author shares what she has learned from a box turtle that has moved into her yard.  🐢

And a few repeats we still like:

  • Nebraska has a new (unofficial) state reptile! It’s the ornate box turtle, the state’s only native terrestrial turtle. It beat out the snapping turtle, two snakes and two lizards for the honor. There are plans to make it official soon.
  • Box turtle are out on Long Island: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking drivers to stay alert for turtles in the road. We want future generations of humans to be able to enjoy future generations of box turtles! [turtle emoji]
  • Bourret’s box turtle babies!: These boxies are native to Vietnam and Laos. They are critically endangered and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (where they hatched) is part of a program to help the species survive. Includes pictures of the little cutie-pies.   

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Turtle News Briefs, June 28, 2017

Posted on: 2017-06-28 09:30:43
Patriotic Turtle News Briefs

Patriotic Turtle News Briefs

🐢 Turtle news we found interesting recently.

Recent Box Turtle News

Today’s box turtle stories are all repeats, but worth seeing if you haven’t already.

Nebraska has a new (unofficial) state reptile! It’s the ornate box turtle, the state’s only native terrestrial turtle. It beat out the snapping turtle, two snakes and two lizards for the honor. There are plans to make it official soon.

Box turtle are out on Long Island: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking drivers to stay alert for turtles in the road. We want future generations of humans to be able to enjoy future generations of box turtles! 🐢

Bourret’s box turtle babies!: These boxies are native to Vietnam and Laos. They are critically endangered and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (where they hatched) is part of a program to help the species survive. Includes pictures of the little cutie-pies.   

Studying Box Turtles: Scientists in Aiken, SC have been tracking and studying box turtles for almost 30 years. One old guy (turtle, not researcher!) has lived in the same backyard for most of that time!

Two box turtles rescued from dark closet: They and 11 other animals had been mostly abandoned at a Nature Center. 🙁 (California)

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Turtle News Briefs, June 26, 2017

Posted on: 2017-06-26 09:30:24
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

🐢 Turtle news you may have missed recently.

Recent Box Turtle News

One new box turtle story:

Nebraska has a new (unofficial) state reptile! It’s the ornate box turtle, the state’s only native terrestrial turtle. It beat out the snapping turtle, two snakes and two lizards for the honor. There are plans to make it official soon.

And four more worth repeating.

  • Box turtles are out on Long Island: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking drivers to stay alert for turtles in the road. We want future generations of humans to be able to enjoy future generations of box turtles! 🐢
  • Bourret’s box turtle babies!: These boxies are native to Vietnam and Laos. They are critically endangered and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (where they hatched) is part of a program to help the species survive. Includes pictures of the little cutie-pies.   
  • Studying Box Turtles: Scientists in Aiken, SC have been tracking and studying box turtles for almost 30 years. One old guy (turtle, not researcher!) has lived in the same backyard for most of that time!
  • Two box turtles rescued from dark closet: They and 11 other animals had been mostly abandoned at a Nature Center. :'( (California)

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Turtle News Briefs, June 23, 2017

Posted on: 2017-06-23 09:30:25
Turtle News Briefs

Turtle News Briefs

🐢 Recent turtle news you may have missed.

Recent Box Turtle News

Cute little boxie babies, and a plea for care while driving.

Bourret’s box turtle babies!: These boxies are native to Vietnam and Laos. They are critically endangered and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (where they hatched) is part of a program to help the species survive. Includes pictures of the little cutie-pies.   

Box turtle are out on Long Island: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking drivers to stay alert for turtles in the road. We want future generations of humans to be able to enjoy future generations of box turtles! 🐢

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