Latest Turtles News

Vegas teen finds deflated balloons so desert tortoises don't

May. 08, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Look closely in the desert foothills a few miles northwest of Las Vegas, and you might see shades of color dotting the cloudless landscape of cactus and mounds of dirt with mountains to the west. On a Saturday morning in April, a few miles from the...

Cowabunga! More than 800 turtles rescued from storm drains

May. 07, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

They're lean, they're mean and they're green. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Not exactly, but hundreds of diamondback terrapin hatchlings have been rescued from subterranean storm drains along the Jersey Shore. According to a Stockton University Facebook post, the turtles...

Judge asked to halt dredges during sea turtle nesting season

May. 03, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A conservation group filed suit asking a judge to stop a federal agency from dredging a Georgia harbor during the nesting season for rare sea turtles that began over the weekend. The group One Hundred Miles filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court...

Cause sought in fire that killed Alabama petting zoo animals

May. 03, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Investigators continue to seek the cause of a fire that destroyed an Alabama petting zoo barn and killed roughly 75 animals. Park Supervisor Christina Richardson tells The Gadsden Times that Noccalula Falls Park remained closed Monday, partly...

22 endangered turtles released at DuPage County preserves

May. 02, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly two dozen young endangered turtles have been released into the wild at a suburban Chicago nature preserve. Twenty-two Blanding’s turtles were released Wednesday at the Forest Preserves of DuPage County as part of a decades-long effort to...

Turtle-sniffing dogs aiding St. Louis Zoo researchers

Apr. 27, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The three-toed box turtles, Missouri’s state reptile, crawled and rested somewhere in the woods and under the brush. The pack of floppy-eared, chocolate brown Boykin spaniels, here all the way from central Montana, wriggled and snuffled inside kennels...

Advocates concerned about Southern Utah road extension

Apr. 25, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — With construction of the approved Northern Corridor highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area looming, advocates for protected land staying protected are also objecting to another road project set to encroach on sensitive species habitat. ...

Wind energy firm using buoys to study conditions, animals

Apr. 23, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A company planning a wind energy farm off New Jersey's southern coast will deploy two research buoys to study conditions in the area envisioned for its development. The devices from Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind will collect atmospheric and...

Earth Day: Rehabilitated sea turtle released in Florida Keys

Apr. 22, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Staff from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital released a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle back to the ocean on Thursday to mark Earth Day. Nicknamed “Sparb,” the 125-pound (57-kilogram) sub-adult sea turtle was rescued in late January...

Close to 40 gopher tortoises released into the wild

Apr. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Close to 40 gopher tortoises were released this past weekend in Mississippi after spending the first two years of their lives in captivity. WLOX-TV reports that because the gopher tortoise is a threatened species, The Nature...