November 17, 1998
Let us pause for a moment to praise the mighty bog turtle. Reviled, driven almost to extinction, its habitat drained of life and nearly paved over, the Mid-Atlantic bog turtle is finally getting a chance to fight back. And, in so doing, it is helping us save the distinctive, valuable wetlands that are its habitat and are crucial to our East Coast ecology. As Inquirer writer Sandy Bauers noted Sunday, the bog turtle, plagued by development and by poachers who sell individual turtles at a profit, has now been accorded a spot on the federal endangered-species list.
May 29, 1987 |
Call it the Case of the Missing Carp and Turtle. Or the Chinatown Caper. "The carp and turtle mysteriously abandoned at the Daily Fresh Seafood House now have mysteriously disappeared," reported Leonard Knox, an anti- cruelty agent with the Pennsylvania SPCA. The only evidence remaining today is the 40-gallon aquarium that the creatures once called home. It's still standing behind the front plate-glass window of the Chinese restaurant on 11th Street near Race. Knox said he last saw the pair about 12:30 p.m. yesterday while visiting nearby Chinese-operated businesses in hopes of locating the owners of the shuttered restaurant.
March 23, 1991 |
A trio of doctors from Baltimore attending a local conference witness the first gushes of the Swann Memorial Fountain, reactivated with the advent of spring. The fountain at Logan Square, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, received a privately funded, $2 million restoration that was completed last summer after a much longer dry spell dating to 1989.
June 2, 2016 |
The New Jersey Legislature has unanimously passed a bill that would ban harvesting of the diamondback terrapin, which is believed to be the only turtle in the world that lives in brackish waters with mixed salinity. The federal government classifies the terrapin, known as Malaclemys terrapin , as a species of "special concern," and most states between Massachusetts and Florida have already imposed moratoriums. The bill, which is on Gov. Christie's desk, mirrors a regulation being considered by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
March 28, 2000 |
Even if Marc Young didn't have all the right moves his freshman year, he had seen the right movie. Young, now a senior at the Haverford School, was stretching with his lacrosse teammates three years ago. The guys were talking about movies, and North Shore, an obscure 1987 surfing film, came up. Young was one of the only team members who had seen it, and he was promptly nicknamed "Turtle," after one of the characters. "I wasn't incredibly fast, but I wasn't a real turtle," Young said with a laugh.
January 28, 2016 |
New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection has shut down the harvesting of a coastal turtle due to its declining numbers and a rise in demand from overseas markets for food products. The season for commercial harvesting of the northern diamondback terrapin began Nov. 1 and was scheduled to continue until March 31, but DEP Commissioner Bob Martin signed an order Tuesday ending it immediately. "The diamondback terrapin has long been special to many people who live in or visit our coastal communities," said Commissioner Martin in a statement.
January 14, 2016 |
Medical staff at The Pennsylvania SPCA's Shelter Hospital were sure the red-eared slider turtle brought in last week, still frozen in a container, was dead. "When we looked at her there were no signs of life," said Alicia Royer, nursing supervisor. But turtles can go into a state similar to hibernation when their heartbeat can drop to one or two beats a minute, she said. Not wanting to give up, they contacted a reptile expert at the University Of Pennsylvania veterinary hospital, who suggested warmth therapy.
May 6, 1987 |
Someone has taken off with Kellye, the two-headed turtle with an extra leg, two extra feet, an appetite for live goldfish and no known gender. Yesterday, Kellye's owners at Martin's Aquarium in Jenkintown issued a public plea to whoever kidnapped the freakish turtle they say they treat like their own child: Keep him/her/them warm and wet, and please, remember the live goldfish. "It has to have that," said Deborah Brown, an assistant to owner Joel Martin, "or it will die. " Kellye, who hails from Nashville, Tenn.
July 14, 2013 |
The yellow-spotted green turtle that sparked mayhem this week on a Jersey Shore route may have left its home in the woods because of recent heavy rains or because of a strong nesting instinct. Or it might have just had a hankering for something different to eat. Area wildlife officials, science professors, and researchers offered insight Friday into the secret lives of the turtles that usually inhabit burrows and ponds, but that sometimes cause three-car crashes. After the turtle wandered onto Route 30 in Atlantic County on Wednesday afternoon, a line of traffic on the busy four-lane highway swerved and then came to a crawl.
January 31, 1988 |
Neighbors of the proposed Longwood Village shopping center in East Marlborough say the 33-acre site is home to a red-tailed hawk, woodcocks, foxes, groundhogs, and, possibly, the endangered Pennsylvania bog turtle. The neighbors have rallied around the bog turtle, hoping the elusive creature might prove to be to Longwood Village what the snail darter was to a proposed dam in Tennessee. Dr. Steven M. Jones, an ecologist, confirmed that the tract north of Route 1, between Schoolhouse and Bayard Roads, provides wetland habitat for a variety of wildlife and that the area could contain bog turtles.