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This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for Pascagoula map turtles, found only in Mississippi, and Pearl River map turtles, found in Mississippi and Louisiana. (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Feds to decide if 2 Mississippi turtles need protection

Jul. 7, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for a freshwater turtle found only in Mississippi and a related species found in Mississippi and Louisiana. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in January calling for a declaration that Pearl River map turtles and...

Mississippi boy scouts find wildlife, fun on river in Ozarks

Jul. 5, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Before Tropical Storm Cristobal rolled through, seven Boy Scouts from Troops 124 and 124-G headed north on I-55 toward Missouri’s Current River in the Ozarks. Their mission: travel approximately 53 miles via canoe over the course of about five days, camping at night along the...

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, staff from The Turtle Hospital and the Sea Turtle Conservancy carry

Rare sea turtle released off Florida Keys

Jun. 20, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A rare hybrid hawksbill-green sea turtle, rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, will participate in a long-distance online “race” that follows the migration of sea turtles over three months. A satellite tracking transmitter was epoxied to...

Boat operator dies after trying to save entangled sea turtle

Jun. 19, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia charter boat operator died Thursday after jumping into the ocean to try and rescue a sea turtle, police said. Virginia Beach authorities responded to a possible drowning call about 2 miles (3 kilometers) offshore just before 12:30 p.m., police said in a statement. ...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, Solemi Hernandez, of the Everglades Wonder Gardens, is shown holding

Snakes, tortoises stolen from Florida animal park

Jun. 18, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three snakes and two tortoises were stolen from a Florida animal park, including a rare albino boa that was one of its main attractions. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the thefts occurred earlier this week at the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita...

This 2020 photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows a 65-pound (29-kilogram) alligator snapping turtle in Alexandria, Va. The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, who was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria area, according to Fairfax County Police, has found a new home at a Virginia zoo. (Fairfax County Police Department via AP)

Oh snap! Police capture 65-pound turtle from Virginia suburb

Jun. 16, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A 65-pound (29-kilogram) alligator snapping turtle with a face only its mother could love has found a new home at a Virginia zoo after freaking out residents in a northern Virginia suburb. The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria...

Massachusetts man admits to turtle, salamander smuggling

Jun. 9, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to illegally importing and exporting turtles and salamanders in violation of federal law and international agreements, federal prosecutors said. Nathan Boss, 27, of Worcester, pleaded guilty Monday to smuggling wildlife out of the U.S.,...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family. The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization. After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more...

Wildlife officials: 2 men stole 93 sea turtle eggs

May. 27, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men were arrested after authorities found them with a bag of sea turtle eggs in Palm Beach County over Memorial Day weekend, wildlife officials said. Both men have had previous encounters with the law for mishandling sea turtle eggs, the Palm Beach Post reported. Bruce...

This May 12, 2020, photo provided by Latonya Lark shows a turtle hanging halfway through the windshield of Lark's car in in Savannah, Ga. Lark and her brother were not seriously hurt after the turtle launched through the air and became lodged into the windshield of the car they were in, Lark told WSAV-TV. (Latonya Lark via AP)

Georgia woman, brother OK after turtle strikes car window

May. 26, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman and her brother were not seriously hurt after a turtle launched through the air and became lodged into the windshield of a car they were in. Latonya Lark told WSAV-TV she was driving in Savannah this month when she saw an object that looked like a brick quickly...