"More people need to be in shock about turtles," says herpetologist Brad Shaffer of UCLA. Shaffer was the lead author on a recent paper about the mapping of the painted turtle genome. He provided us with these 10 shocking facts about turtles.
Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island tortoise, died a few days ago. His species' decline was at least in part caused by humans, who introduced feral goats to Pinta Island, destroying the vegetation the tortoises feed on.
"A African tortoise that recently had its front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University’s veterinary hospital.