Elliot, my rescue turtle. It’s a long story how we came by this little one but they’ve been thriving and living with us since January. Loves shrimp and worms. Sunbathing and yoga are this dude’s hobbies 🐢💚
🐢 #internationalturtleandtortoiseweek 2019, Day 4 🐢#ittw@zoomedlabs
Did you know that some of the most critically endangered turtle species are also the most colorful? My new beautiful red turtle friend from friend (Iri)epsi has several threatened look-alikes in the wild:
🐢 Painted terrapins look drab most of the year, but come breeding season, the males transform: bright red between their eyes, pure white heads, and lighter shells with flashy black markings. Females have their own tricks: Although they live in freshwater/brackish water, females swim to the sea and nest on beaches alongside sea turtles. Hatchlings can even live in pure seawater for some time! Their conservation status is much less exciting: Critically Endangered. 😢
🐢 Male Northern River Terrapins also change up their looks during breeding season to gorgeous crimson-colored necks and black heads. Sadly, the Northern River Terrapin is considered extinct in most of its habitat. Conservation groups are racing against the clock to save the species with assurance colonies.
🐢 Chinese red-necked pond turtles are vibrantly red not just on their necks, but also on their heads and other soft tissues. (And they have spectacular smiles!) These shells used to be common, but today, they are one of the rarest aquatic turtles in China and have not been seen in the wild in years.
All these species are struggling against habitat loss, pollution, hunting, and other human threats. Their gorgeous colors add yet another threat: Poaching for the black-market pet trade.
This brings us to a critical way you can help: Never buy a wild-caught turtle/tortoise or take a turtle/tortoise from the wild! 🚫 Taking turtles from the wild is bad for the individual critter (cruelly forced from its home), the species (every individual lost means lost genetic diversity and future generations of offspring), and even for you (the stress of capture and new environments means higher vet bills). If you’d like your own shell friend, adopt from a rescue or buy from a reputable captive breeder!
Get to know me, Sol!
- I’m an avid baker and I strive to successfully make macaroons one day 🧁
- I’m the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s #1 fan 🍕 .
- I’ve always wanted to ride a bike, but I’ve never been able to reach the pedals 🚲 #justturtleproblems
- I have lots of cool hats 🎩
Oliver Sacks once said that nature heals the brain. I would also say it brings people together. “Look at this big fella,” an older man on the bridge said to no one in particular. Seven strangers crowded around him for the sole purpose of seeing a turtle. #lillypad#turtlesofinstagram#turtle#spring
Have you ever seen that many Turtles all at once ? It’s the yearly migration into the far north of the ! Survival of the species depends on these events! 🐢
This incredible drone footage was filmed north of the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Professional Wildlife Photographer and Filmmaker, Christian Miller @christian_miller_photo
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