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Troubled times for Turtles

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Troubled times for Turtles

Habitat loss, poaching threaten the ancient reptile in Virginia

The next time you see a turtle think of what life on earth might have been like 220 million years ago.


A box turtle crossing the road.


“Turtles are this incredible legacy to the history of nature on earth. They haven’t changed in 220 million years...” — Tom Akre, Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

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A male wood turtle

How turtles evolved over 2.6 million years.
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An eastern box turtle

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