World Turtle News, 03/07/2019
Tracking the desert tortoise with Dave Hansen
The state reptile of California and “poster child” for our Mojave Desert is the tortoise. The desert tortoise, weighing in at about 8 to 15 pounds, grows slowly and may live 50 to 80 years. It has roamed our landscape for many thousands of years.
Sadly, today the tortoise is a threatened species protected by federal law. In some areas its population has declined by as much as 90% since the 1980s. A couple of significant threats to the tortoise are humans and ravens, the latter following human population development as an easy source of food from our trash.
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Turtle News From Around the World
Philippines: 55 hawksbill sea turtle hatchlings (Eretmochelys imbricata) released in Magsaysay
India: star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) spotted on roads in Thengumarahada, drivers advised to be careful
USA: sulcata tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) found in Roswell, NM
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Photo from Dave Hansen.