Archive for July 2017

Species Spotlight Vol. 7

by Jordan Gray  Photo by Cris Hagen Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) Countries of Origin:  Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam IUCN Status:   Vulnerable Estimated surviving population:  Unknown/Declining Habitat:  Humid, tropical, evergreen, broadleaf and bamboo hill and montane forests up to 1300 m (4,265 ft) elevation. Habits:  These tortoises have specialized dietary needs, feeding primarily on fungi in the…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 7

by Jordan Gray  Who: Rose Tremblay and Nancy Reinert What: TSA Volunteers Where: Florida, USA  Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise?  Rose Tremblay: I grew up in a rural town in western MA. My grandmother lived on a big pond, with a small swamp/bog across the street. Our house was also in a…

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Spotted Pond Turtles hatch at the TSC!

by Jordan Gray  The TSA is excited to announce the first-ever hatching of Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) on 19 July 2017 at our Turtle Survival Center in Cross, South Carolina! The Spotted Pond Turtle is native to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan where they live in rivers, oxbows, ponds, and flooded forests. This species has…

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Beal’s Eyed Turtle hatches at the TSC!

by Jordan Gray  We are excited to announce the hatching of an endangered Beal’s Eyed Turtle (Sacalia bealei) on 14 July 2017 at our Turtle Survival Center in Cross, South Carolina! This neonate is the first sucessful progeny for a captive-bred female Beal’s Eyed Turtle hatched by Director of Animal Management, Cris Hagen, in 2004. The…

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Habitats for Hatchling Hicatees

by Jordan Gray A relative newcomer to the TSA scene, PhD candidate Nichole Bishop has been working in collaboration with the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education’s (BFREE) Hicatee Conservation Research Center (HCRC) for the last two years. Through the discipline of Nutritional Ecology, her efforts should help to maximize the captive-husbandry effort and reproductive…

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Celebration for Ontario’s Snappers

by Chris Clark  On Friday, June 15, 2017, turtle conservation advocates in Ontario, Canada and around the world raised a celebratory glass of champagne to the iconic Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)! Organized and hosted by the Turtle Survival Alliance’s Chairman of the Board, Patricia Koval, and the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC), with guests of honor…

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