COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A New Jersey wildlife trader has been sentenced to two years' probation for his role in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A pair of University of Southern Mississippi graduate students recently made headlines with the capture of a 62.8-pound alligator snapping turtle in Lamar County, but that...
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been accused of disturbing a sea turtle nest in Florida.
Miami Beach police officers on Saturday arrested 41-year-old Yaqun Lu. She is facing a felony...
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — Marine researchers have finished a 10-day assessment of the iconic green sea turtle in the Florida Keys.
The study completed Wednesday examined where green turtles...
Sea turtles nest at record pace along Georgia coast
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The number of sea turtle nests along the Georgia coast is on pace to set a record this year.
Kris Williams is director of Caretta Research Project, a sea turtle...
BEL AIRE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say 135 animals have been rescued from the home of an alleged hoarder near Wichita.
KWCH-TV reports that Bel Aire Police Department says the animals rescued...
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is charged with felony animal cruelty after police were alerted to a video showing him killing a turtle by kicking and jumping on it.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — High tides and flooding associated with May storms that buffeted parts of Texas caused the stranding of about 100 young sea turtles along part of the Gulf coast,...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's turtle nesting season in New Hampshire, so wildlife biologists are asking drivers to keep an eye out and slow down if they see one crossing a road.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A dozen juvenile turtles have been released into a habitat created for them by employees of a Michigan utility.
Jackson-based Consumers Energy says the Blanding's...
WICKLIFFE, Ind. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources says the newly renovated Patoka Lake Nature Center in southern Indiana has reopened with several new features for families to learn...
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The federal government says a program that sells scallops to pay for marine science will include a study of how shellfish harvesting impacts sea turtles in this year's...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts wildlife officials are launching a three-year project to help conserve wood turtles in eastern Massachusetts.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina driver got a case of shell shock after a turtle flying through the air on a busy highway shattered his windshield.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to a year in prison for his part in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong.
Sea turtle season has earliest start remembered in SC
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Biologists say the sea turtle season in South Carolina has gotten an early start and a visit from a type of turtle seen less than once a decade.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are laying eggs along the Georgia coast.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the first loggerhead nest of the 2019 season was...
Dozens of turtles rescued from Arkansas sewage plant
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — An east Arkansas animal shelter has rescued dozens of turtles from a wastewater treatment facility after they became trapped in sewage pond filters.
Dolphin, sea turtle deaths on Gulf Coast prompts probe
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Officials are investigating a rash of deaths among dolphins and sea turtles on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
WLOX-TV reports nearly 40 dead dolphins and sea turtles...
Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world
BEIJING (AP) — The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.
‘Mr. Key West’ quietly donated his private island
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The southernmost private island in the United States, owned since the 1970s by the late Key West philanthropist and visionary David Wolkowsky, will be preserved as part of...
More than 50 animals dead after Texas petrochemical fire
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say more than 50 birds, turtles and other animals were found dead or died after last month's petrochemical plant fire that spilled contaminated products into the Houston...
MAUCKPORT, Ind. (AP) — Two people have been arrested after conservation officers discovered drugs, turtle parts and Indian artifacts at a house in southern Indiana.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state's wildlife...
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New England seeing a huge spike in beached sea turtles
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its...
New England seeing spike in beached sea turtles
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Turtles and snakes and most insects are still underground, hibernating in the cold earth.
Good thing, as fire starters spread out recently, streams of fire dribbling...
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A seafaring raccoon has been plucked off the Florida coast and safely released on dry land.
News outlets report Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium workers were helping...
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a virus may be targeting freshwater turtles along a Florida river.
According to a statement Tuesday from the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
Dogs with unique training to help round up rare turtles
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Specially-trained dogs from Montana are coming to Iowa to help round up a rare and threatened turtle species.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Bur Oak...
Animals killed in fire at California reptile museum
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say small animals including turtles, snakes and parakeets are feared dead in a fire at a Southern California reptile museum.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who was a kingpin in an international scheme to traffic in rare turtles will become the first person to serve prison time in South Carolina for illegal...
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — The Nature Conservancy says it will acquire more than 6,200 acres in South Texas as part of the largest conservation effort on South Padre Island in two...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live exotic turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.
Turtle disaster? 100-pound tortoise missing in New Mexico
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can't run fast and can't be missed — a 100-pound tortoise.
Reptile replicas: 19 turtle statues completed in Galveston
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Organizers say the first 19 Kemp's ridley sea turtle statues in Galveston's Turtles About Town project are completed and being set up.
Environmental groups sue Maui over replacement streetlights
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing Maui officials over plans to replace about 4,800 streetlights with LED fixtures, claiming the new lights would threaten seabirds and sea turtles.
Florida updates sea turtle nesting totals for 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say sea turtles consistently nested on Florida beaches in 2018, despite lingering algae blooms that killed marine life and tropical storms that washed out habitat.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted the statewide nesting totals on Tuesday.
Nebraska lawmakers flooded with requests for special plates
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska motorists who want to support veterans, ornate box turtles or prostate cancer exams could donate to those causes and others with a new license plate, if some state lawmakers have their way.
Members of a legislative committee heard pitches Tuesday for nearly a dozen new specialty plates, adding to the growing number approved in recent years.
Pennsylvanian pleads guilty to trafficking protected turtles
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to trafficking protected turtles.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says David Sommers on Monday admitted to sending a package to Canada in 2014 containing 11 diamondback terrapin hatchlings.
Report: Sea turtles populations OK after Big Island eruption
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Kilauea volcano eruption did not critically damage sea turtle populations on the Big Island, according to a survey conducted by a Hawaii wildlife conservation group.
Idaho group blasts acquittal in puppy-fed-to-turtle case
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho animal welfare group is blasting the acquittal of an eastern Idaho teacher who was accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students.
The Idaho Humane Society called the Franklin County jury's decision on Friday to find Robert Crosland not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty a "grievous error in judgment."
Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle found not guilty
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — A southeast Idaho teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students has been acquitted of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Media outlets report a Franklin County jury found Robert Crosland not guilty Friday after deliberating for about 30 minutes.
The charge was filed in June after allegations surfaced that Crosland put the puppy into an aquarium with a turtle at Preston Junior High in March.
Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is set for trial
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho biology teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students will go on trial beginning Thursday.
Sea turtle released into Florida waters after eel removal
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle that required surgery to remove a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from its body cavity has been released back into the waters off the Florida Keys.
The turtle named "Shelmore" was returned to the ocean Saturday off Islamorada not far from the spot where it was discovered in September, floating and unable to dive.
Veterinarians said the eel had eaten through the turtle's intestinal tract to get to the body cavity before dying.
Man pleads guilty to selling illegal wildlife merchandise
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegally selling and transporting items made from endangered species and other wildlife, such as crocodiles, sea turtles and sawfish.
Sixty-year-old Keith Foster, the owner of The Outpost antique and exotic merchandise store in Middleburg, pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Lacey Act. As part of his plea, Foster forfeited $275,000 and over 175 items made from wildlife.
Sea turtles rescued from Oregon beaches die
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two endangered sea turtles rescued in separate incidents after being stranded on the Oregon coast last week have died after attempts to rehabilitate them were unsuccessful.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the first turtle, a female olive ridley, was spotted by a resident on a beach north of Coos Bay.