Archive for October 2017

Faces of the TSA Vol.10

by Jordan Gray  Who: Carl J. Franklin What: Herpetologist, Biological Curator and Collections Manager at the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, University of Texas-Arlington Where: Arlington, Texas, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Carl Franklin: It’s a coin toss from when I was 3. My dad brought a snapping turtle home…

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Drink Beer. Save Turtles. (DBST)

by Jordan Gray  One month, three breweries, hundreds of pints, and charismatic turtle ambassadors. If you love drinking craft beer, engaging in interesting conversation, and meeting some new shelled friends, then September was a great month. The Turtle Survival Alliance has been on a roll with providing a setting for our communities to participate in two…

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Species Spotlight Vol.10

by Jordan Gray  Photo by Dustin Smith Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) Countries of Origin:   Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico IUCN Status:   Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population:   Unknown/Declining Habitat:   Large rivers, lakes, oxbows, flooded forests Habits:   The Hicatee is a fully aquatic species that spends nearly 100% of its time in water. It is so adapted for an aqueous life…

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TSC Hatches Seven Species

by Jordan Gray  Autumn is always a busy time at the Turtle Survival Center as we welcome new members of endangered species of turtles and tortoises into the world. In the last two months we have greeted an additional seven species of terrestrial and freshwater turtle to the TSC. 1. Southeast Asian Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis)…

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