The two Malaysian Box Turtles
(Cuora amboinensis) will be part of a bigger project launched this spring set to bring to light the very real threat of extinction that many precious turtle species face.
smuggled from Spain, box turtles
illegally collected from a National
We chose three turtles (spiny softshell turtles, ornate box turtles
, and eastern river cooters) as indicator species.
When my sisters and I were little, we occasionally came across box turtles
in the woods near our house.
It is home to several species of turtles, including common snapping, painted, spotted and eastern box turtles
herefore the oldest known Emydoidea (Miocene: Barstovian) was kinetic as in modern Emydoidea blandingii, but to a lesser degree than occurs in Barstovian box turtles
, genus Terrapene (Holman and Corner 1985).
include Calypso, a giant loggerhead sea turtle, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, box turtles
, soft-shell varieties, red and yellow bellied species, spiny turtles, red-eared sliders and alligator snapping turtles.
Even though it didn't have a hinged plastron, that belly plate that, on box turtles
, swings upward to protect their heads, the turtle's head and legs were tucked under its carapace, well out of harm's way.
It's unusual for box turtles
to pinch fingers that tightly, but not impossible, said Darrell Kraft, a veterinarian who specializes in turtles at the Snow Wood clinic in Woodinville.
The Forestry Bureau said 1,446 yellow-margined box turtles
and 1,180 Asian yellow pond turtles -- both of which are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature on its red list as endangered species -- were found Saturday by the coast guard inside a container on a vessel in the southern port of Kaohsiung, concealed inside cartons marked as containing squid.
As noted, ornate box turtles
were subject to the same mark, capture, and release procedure at the same time as yellow mud turtles, but ornate box turtles
have increased in the same period.
Also occasionally seen lumbering around the town's fields and forests are wood and eastern box turtles
, which the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act's list of endangered, threatened and special concern species has listed as of special concern.