by Jordan Gray  Turtles. Texas. The former is arguably the most popular group of reptiles. The latter, well you know—”Everything is bigger in Texas.” And so it was that from Sunday, August 12th to Wednesday, August 15th, over 270 die-hard “turtle nerds” from around the world descended on Fort Worth, Texas for the 16th Annual Symposium…

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by Jordan Gray  This year the 13th annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award celebrates and honors Russell A. Mittermeier for his half-century of dedication to science and conservation of turtles and primates, as well as being a world-leading global conservationist of the highest caliber. Russ has been a hard-core herpetologist since childhood, with a particular interest in…

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by Jordan Gray  Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys sp.) Countries of Origin:  United States of America IUCN Status:  Vulnerable Estimated surviving population:   Unknown Habitat: Rivers, creeks, spring runs, bayous, oxbows, river swamps, reservoirs Biology and Habits: Alligator Snapping Turtles are a benthic dweller of the waterbodies they inhabit, typically favoring the deepest part of the waterway. They are most active during the…

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by Jordan Gray Who: Andrew Brinker What: Science Teacher, Paschal High School Where: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Andrew Brinker: I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan near a nature center with a pond for where I spent countless days at during the…

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