Archive for June 2017

Interview with volunteer Gail Henrickson

by Chris Clark  TURTLE SURVIVAL CENTER: A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH ENDLESS DEDICATION As a full-time RV’er for the past year, the Turtle Survival Center in South Carolina was on my short list of “must see” places. Although I’ve been a TSA member since 2010, I did not have an appreciation for what goes on at the…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 6

by Jordan Gray  Female Four-eyed Turtle at the Turtle Survival Center. Photo Credit: Nathan Haislip Male Four-eyed Turtle owned by Steve Enders. Photo Credit: Lisa Enders Four-eyed Turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata) Countries of Origin: People’s Republic of China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam IUCN Status:  Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining Habitat: Streams, brooks, and small pools in association with montane, evergreen,…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 5

by Jordan Gray  Photo Credit: Sheena Koeth McCord’s Box Turtle (Cuora mccordi) Countries of Origin: People’s Republic of China IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Functionally Extinct Habitat: Bamboo forests within and broadleaf forests accompanied by shallow wetlands and small streams in a secret area of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southeast China. Habits: In the wild, McCord’s Box…

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Diapers for Dermatemys

by Jordan Gray  It was the Spring semester of 2015 and Nichole Bishop, now a PhD candidate in the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, wasn’t exactly sure what organism she would focus on for her dissertation in Nutritional Ecology. Although she had always been fascinated by turtles and tortoises, the second-semester student…

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World Turtle Day 2017

by Jordan Gray  For the past 17 years, World Turtle Day®, begun by the American Tortoise Rescue, has been growing at a steady clip. Conservation groups and citizens alike have used this day to spread awareness and cheer for the 441 taxa of turtles and tortoises that reside across our six temperate continents (sorry Antarctica, not…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 6

by Jordan Gray Who: Dr. Sue Carstairs What: Executive and Medical Director, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre Where: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Sue Carstairs: I always had turtles and tortoises as pets as a child, and have great memories creating ponds and other habitats outside for them. In fact,…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 5

by Jordan Gray Who: Nichole Bishop What: PhD Candidate, University of Florida Where: Florida, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Nichole Bishop: I’ve always been around turtles (as evidenced by numerous pics of me as a toddler walking around with Box Turtles (Terrapene) or River Cooters (Pseudemys)), but one of my favorite…

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