by Jordan Gray Turtles packed in suitcase for shipment This year’s vernal equinox not only marked the first day of Spring, but also a day of significance for 23 Critically Endangered turtles in India. While it is never a good day when we hear about a confiscation of some of the rarest turtles on the planet,…

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by Jordan Gray  Professionals and citizen scientists gather in New Braunfels, Texas. This February and March as college students, professors and those just wanting a Spring vacation were making their way to beaches and ski-slopes across the nation, TSA-NAFTRG scientists and volunteers were heading to the freshwater springs of Texas and Florida for a “Spring Turtle…

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by Jordan Gray Faces of the TSA Who: Eric Munscher What: Director, TSA-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group Where: Houston, Texas, United States Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Eric Munscher: I believe I was around 7 years old when my dad and I were walking my uncle’s property and found an eastern…

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by Jordan Gray  TSA Species Spotlight  Photo courtesy of Chris Leone, the Turtle Room Spotted pond turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii) Countries of Origin: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan IUCN Status: Vulnerable Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining Habitat: Rivers, ponds, oxbows and flooded forests with high-vegetative cover. Size: Females and Males ≤ 35 cm Factoid: Spotted pond turtles are primarily carnivorous, feeding heavily on aquatic snails.…

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