Archive for the ‘Reptiles’ Category

Sea turtles, box turtles

So as I’ve said many times before, turtles are one of my favorite, if not my favorite animal and one that shaped many of my early childhood memories. They were my earliest pet’s, though they always seemed to escape.

So whenever I find an article on turtles, be it sea turtles or box turtles, it’s a pretty safe bet I’ll post the article. Tonight’s article is entitled “Paleo Profile: Martin’s Sea Turtle” by Brian Switek over at Scientific American blog Laelaps. Who know’s, with summer here in the midwest already, maybe I’ll come across an article on box turtles one of these days.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

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Halloween candy

ow my kids will tell you that I try not to buy products with palm oil, so I will make sure to show them this article that I found over at our local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s entitled “Buying Halloween candy? Zoos want you to check labels to help endangered animals” by .

I would also add while I’m not fond of zoo’s in general, this is something I’m definitely proud of, this and the zoo’s Hellbender program. That project helps in the conservation of amphibian and reptiles in Missouri.

One individual in particular who helps out with this program is Dr. Jeff Briggler, the Missouri state herpetologist and the man who also leads the Amphibian Night program my kids have all enjoyed with the Missouri  Department of Conservation.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Turtle shells

As I’ve no doubt talked about before, turtles are one of my (many) favorite animals. In fact, I have a small collection of them on my bedroom window sill. They were also one of the first wild animals I was introduced to as a kid.

One of the things that make them unique obviously are their shells. Ever wonder why they have shells? Well, I thought they were for protection but according to this article, it was for burrowing.

The article is entitled “Scientists have finally discovered why turtles have shells: Turtles use their shells as shields today, but these devices evolved fo r a completely different reason” by Bryan Nelson over at the Mother Nature Network. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, I thought birds had feathers for flying. Who knew?!

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Green Librarian

Spring cleaning & turtles

Okay, so I did a little spring cleaning this weekend and one of my big projects was to change out the seasonal mantle from winter to spring and/or summer. So after looking what to put up there,  from both in the house and at a couple of  used shops, I decided to go with the turtle theme (they are after all, one of my favorite animals).

This first article about Missouri turtles and is entitled “The Sweet Shell of Success” by Matt Seek at Xplor magazine, is local and therefore courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation. These are some of the ones that I grew up loving as a kid in our local woods.

The next article, about turtles worldwide,  is in an issue of National Geographic from a couple of years ago entitled “Ancient Mariner” by Tim Appenzeller. One day I hope to be able to volunteer and help scientist monitor these amazing creatures.

Finally, I think what also encouraged me to write about turtles were a couple of success stories. One on Loggerheads and also one about Green Sea Turtle. The one article on Loggerheads is entitled “Loggerhead Sea Turtles May Get Protected Habitat” by the Center for Biological Diversity and the other article about Green Sea Turtles is entitled “Tracking Turtles” by Andy Soos at ENN.

Woohoo!

 

Green Librarian

My backyard

Speaking of ecosystems I would be remiss if I left out “Box Turtles in St. Louis Area Getting Health Checkup” by Blythe Bernhard at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As someone who enjoyhaving pet box turtles in my childhood, I don’t want to leave out a dear friend.  

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Family tree

I saw this article the other day, “Where Humans Split from Sharks” over at Science Daily and then I remembered this article over also over there entitled “Turtles Closer to Birds Than Lizards or Snakes“. Talk about a strange family tree!

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Green Librarian