My favorite memory was the time when I watch baby sea turtles hatch! During the summer I spend a lot of time at the beach, and this summer I got to see something that I have never gotten to see before. Every few miles there were areas roped off with signs that said “Please Do Not Disturb” this was because they didn’t want anything to happen to the babies. We had some friends who would help watch the nests every night, so my mom and I started to the nest with them. This meant countless nights out on the beach until like one or two in the morning just to watch these cuties hatch. I never realized that it could get that cold at night in the middle of July, but we had to take blankets and sweatshirts out with us because we would get so cold. Finally one night they hatched!
The ornate box turtle is a extremely common species of turtle that lives throughout the United States. The turtles can be easily recognized by their dark brown shell with bright yellow markings. Almost every box turtle is unique in marking, from yellow to orange spots on their body to the different patterns on their shell. The male and female box turtle are distinguishable by their eye color and tail size. Male ornate box turtles have red eyes and longer tails, while females have brown eyes and shorter tails. These turtles have a interesting life style because they usually live their entire life's within only a few acres. The turtles start out the day basking in the sun. from there they go out hunting for food. Ornate box turtles move and hunt
The green sea turtle occurs throughout tropical and subtropical oceans and is among the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles growing to as much as 440 pounds and four feet in length. The breeding populations in Florida were listed as endangered in 1978 (43 FR 32800 32811, July 28, 1978) whereas all other populations were listed as threatened (NOAA 2015h). There is a proposal for identification of a North Atlantic green sea turtle distinct population that would be listed as threatened, continuing its current listing status near New York (80 FR 51763 51764, August 26, 2015). They are found in the shallow waters (except during migration) of shoals, bays, lagoons reefs, and inlets, often where submerged aquatic vegetation exists, from Maine south to Florida, and throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea (USFWS 2015n, 2015o; NOAA 2015e). Green sea turtles nests are not present in New York; however, they occasionally are found stranded on or near the shore (NYSDEC 2015ad). Breeding takes places in subtropical to tropical oceans every two, three, or four years between June and September, with peak nesting in June and July (NOAA 2015h; USFWS 2015u). Hatching usually occurs at night, and many green sea turtle hatchlings seek refuge and food in masses of floating sea plants (USFWS
The leatherback is an endangered species. It's also the largest sea turtle. Adults usually weigh about 800 to 1,000 pounds (363 to 454 kilograms). Some have been reported to weigh as much as 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms). The turtles get their name because their backs are covered with leathery, oily tissue instead of a shell.
They are known for being active. They are known for being active because turtles are usually slow and it’s fun to watch them as they move and slide into the water and onto the rocks. Your turtle is going to move a lot when they get comfortable with their tank, so you won’t just see them not moving, they will always move. They will be hanging around the rocks you put in the tank with them because, to them rocks mean “comfortable” to them.
The Graptemys caglei, also known as the Cagle’s Map Turtle, is an endangered turtle species found in San Antonio, Texas and along the Guadalupe River. It identifies easily by the pattern on its shell which resembles an aerial view topography, as well as its spiked shell edges, which are not as sharp as other map turtles of the same genus. Although the Cagle’s Map Turtle has natural predators pose a threat to the individual turtles’ lives, the predators are not a greater threat than habitat disturbances created by humans. Unfortunately, this species suffered a significant drop in population since the mid-1970 through changes in its habitat disallow support of a larger population of the turtles(van Dijk, P. P., 2011).
The Ocean is 70 percent of the earth’s surface, humans have explored less than five percent of the ocean, and is home to an innumerable amount of living organisms. One of its oldest inhabitants is the Cheloniidae dates back to the Triassic era, roughly 250 million years ago, (Wang et al., 2013). The Cheloniidae family has several subspecies the Eretmochelys imbricate, Caretta caretta, Dermochelys coriacea, Lepidochelys olivacea, and Chelonia mydas. While there are multiple endangered subspecies of the Cheloniidae; the endangered Chelonia mydas, commonly known as the green turtle, will be the focus of this paper. The paper will discuss the green turtle’s importance to its ecosystem, where they are most commonly found, importance to its ecosystem,
The Blanding turtle are freshwater medium sized turtle usually found in The Great Lakes Regions in USA and in Canada. They are from the omnivorous species and usually eat crayfish, small animals, and plants. Their life histories traits occurs between April and November, as May and April tend to be more for mating and Early June for nesting. Less than half of these females will actually go on to reproducing. Many of these turtles can actually live up to sixty to a hundred years in age. Though these turtles spend a majority of time in the aquatics they also come on to the mainland. This is were the problem starts to occur and this is why the Blanding sea turtles are currently threatened and may soon be extinct. It is because of us humans that these species are currently facing habitat loss, have threatened nesting areas, and are unable to get from nesting areas to the lakes because of manmade roads. Why should we as humans care so much if these Blanding’s turtles go extinct? These turtles play an important
Sea turtle hatchlings are now having trouble finding their way to the sea because of all the lights from buildings that are built on the coast. They get disoriented when they are born and will wander in the wrong way away from the sea. This leads them to predators that live inland or will even cause the turtle to become dehydrated and die. Humans are also building coastal armoring that is blocking female turtles from reaching a suitable nesting habitat. This is a severe problem in Florida where they have many coastal rock elevations and sand bags. Where all this beach development is occurring thousands of sea turtles are trying to nest. Beach dredging is also having a direct effect on sea turtle's trying to nest. If the sand is too impacted or is drastically different from native beach sediment, the mother will have trouble creating the
The Red Eared Slider is one of the most common Mid-South East Coast. They can be found in marshes, ponds, and slow moving bodies of water. Other species of turtles include: Eastern Box Turtle, Common Snapping Turtles, Eastern Painted Turtle, Red Bellied, Bog Turtle, Spotted Turtle, Musk Turtle, Eastern Mud Turtle, Northern Diamondback, and Wood Turtle. The Red Eared Slider is named for the distinctive red streak on each side of its face and is primarily aquatic and will emerge from the water for basking. Even though Red Eared Sliders don't have ears, they feel by vibration. In fact, they carry part of the skeleton on their back, which makes them on of the most interesting reptile. According to Monmouth County Parks, “As with other reptiles,
Rarely interact with one another outside courtship and mating. Even when large numbers of turtles gather on feeding grounds or during migration, little behavioural exchange among individuals. Their typical daily routine includes feeding and resting. When not nesting, they can migrate up to hundreds of thousands of miles. They can sleep at the surface while in deep water or on the bottom wedged between rocks or under ledges in reefs.
Nesting habitat degradation is an anthropogenic threat to the loggerhead sea turtles. These threats include coastal development, erosion control barriers or beach armoring, artificial lighting, pollution, removal of native vegetation, and vehicle and pedestrian traffic (NMFS and USFWS 2007). Some solutions include protecting and managing turtles on nesting beaches, monitor coastal construction, implement lighting regulations, screen artificial lighting with vegetation, and impose regulations on beach armoring (NMFS and USFWS 1998). Predation is an important threat to consider in nesting areas for the loggerhead. Many places have depredation to protect the eggs and hatchlings against predators such as feral dogs, raccoons, and foxes (NMFS and USFWS 2007).
The turtle was a one man submarine. Whoever was aboard had to work out all the features at once in order for the submarine to operate. The machine was seven feet high and six feet wide. It only had 30 min of oxygen and after that the ship would come afloat and open the two
Sorry, let me introduce myself. I am Alexandra, the Atlantic Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata.) But my friends call me Alex. JJ says it will take a long time to reach the jellies, so we better get going.
Soft shell turtles eat many different types of food. Adult soft shells eat feeder minnows, goldfish, mollusks, and insects but on the other hand baby soft shells eat insects, worms, very small fish, baby crawdads, dead fish, or and any other corpses found in the water.