Latest Turtles News

Turtle returned to ocean after recovering from spear attack

Nov. 1, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A federally protected green sea turtle was released in the Florida Keys after recovering from a spear shot into its neck. The 150-pound (68-kilogram) female, dubbed "Splinter," returned to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday at Higgs Beach in Key West. The turtle was rescued off Key Largo...

Rabbit-eared tortoise pleases at Key West Fantasy Fest

Oct. 25, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The often-decadent Fantasy Fest is in full flair this weekend in Key West. At Wednesday evening's family friendly Pet Masquerade, entrants included costumed dogs, cats and a tortoise carrying a plush rabbit themed "The Tortoise and the Hare," drawing inspiration from the fable of the...

Kentucky university students use GPS to track box turtles

Oct. 25, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Some students at one Kentucky university are using GPS devices to track box turtles and learn about the technology's value. Murray State University assistant wildlife biology professor Andrea Darracq says students work in the classroom to build the tracking devices and go into the field...

NJ man pleads guilty to smuggling box turtles from Oklahoma

Oct. 23, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 1,000 box turtles that were illegally collected in Oklahoma. Court records show 26-year-old William T. Gangemi of Freehold, New Jersey, was accused of violating a federal law against the sale or purchase...

Choosing your first reptile: some species to look for

Oct. 1, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

Reptiles are easier to keep than ever, with special equipment available in almost any pet store. This ease of entry, however, means that beginners can end up in over their head. There are species that provide a rewarding introduction to these fascinating creatures. There are others to steer away from. A primer:...

Volunteers conserve vulnerable sea turtles in remote Panama

Sep. 25, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

JAQUE, Panama (AP) — Iver Valencia goes out at dusk each evening during nesting season with a group of lantern-wielding villagers to walk a stretch of Panamanian beach. Their mission: to find nests where olive ridley sea turtles lay their eggs and take them to a hatchery safe from predators. On a recent...

Volunteers conserve endangered sea turtles in remote Panama

Sep. 24, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

JAQUE, Panama (AP) — Iver Valencia goes out at dusk each evening during nesting season with a group of lantern-wielding villagers to walk a stretch of Panamanian beach. Their mission: to find nests where endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles lay their eggs and take them to a hatchery safe from predators. On...

Survey: 8,000 turtle nests washed out by Dorian in Florida

Sep. 20, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say Hurricane Dorian washed out to sea more than 8,000 sea turtle nests from a Florida wildlife refuge. The University of Central Florida said Friday that a recent survey conducted at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach shows the storm that...