World Turtle News, 08/11/2017
Madagascar’s radiated tortoises have personalities, too
Of course, turtle lovers know that they have personalities! Now, science has provided strong evidence in our favor. Dr. Andrea Currylow, who works at the University of Southern California, has been studying the relationship between behavior and chemical releases in radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata). One of these chemicals is corticosterone, also known as CORT. The results are very interesting! There’s definitely a connection, which provides more evidence that our shelled friends do have their own styles.
Check out how what was an expected one-time awareness event in Florida is now an annual one! (in conservation section)
Turtle News From Around the World
Philippines: 3,300 turtles eggs recovered from poachers
USA: Pensacola “baby shower” for sea turtles now an annual event to raise awareness, money
USA: Lilly Pulitzer’s Print with Purpose initiative uses fashion to raise money for sea turtles
India: 23 star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) transferred to Thane NGO after 83 malnourished die post-rescue
India: DNA, gene mapping to relocate 270+ star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) to their original habitat
Crime & Punishment
Mexico: Cozumel hotel found releasing sea turtle hatchlings without authorization
Thailand: Bangkok restaurant busted for serving protected turtles, snakes, pangolin
USA: NJ Sen. Jeff Van Drew seeks greater protection for diamondback terrapins (Malaclemmys terrapin)
Mexico: sea turtle nests okay after tropical storm
USA: learn how Cape Hattaras scientists protect sea turtles
Did You Know…
Radiated tortoises have been recorded with lifespans of 188 years! As amazing as they are, they are critically endangered due to habitat loss, poachers, and other issues.
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Photo from Dr. Andrea Currylow.