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A reptile that is a vector for campylobacteriosis, Edwardsiella tarda, salmonellosis

turtle

a reptile, member of the order Chelonia; most are aquatic or semiaquatic, fresh water or marine, but lay eggs on land. They have webbed feet or flippers and their body is covered by a horny shell from which only the legs, head and neck, and tail protrude when needed. The upper shell is called the carapace and the undershell the plastron.
There are inconsistencies in terminology. In the USA 'turtle' is used broadly for all reptiles with a shell, 'terrapin' applies to a large family, Emydidae, and 'tortoise' refers to the slow moving terrestrial species (the land turtles) that enter water only to drink or soak. In Great Britain and Australia 'tortoise' is applied generally to all members of the group except the marine species with paddle-shaped limbs which are called 'turtles'. 'Terrapin' is often used to describe the young tortoises commonly sold as aquarium pets.
Includes genera Chelonia, e.g. C. mydas (green turtle), Testudo, e.g. T. graeca (spur-thighed tortoise), T. hermanni (Hermann's tortoise), Gopherus, e.g. G. agassizi (desert tortoise), Clemmys, e.g. C. marmorata (Pacific pond turtle), Chrysemys, e.g. C. picta (painted turtle), Platemys, e.g. P. platycephala (Bolivian side-neck turtle).
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Bautista said there were only two species that were released mostly the green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) while the other species was the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
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Sea turtles actually prefer the east coast, Bernhard says; of the five species in Florida, we primarily see loggerheads and a few green sea turtles on the west coast.
In addition to the dangers presented by toxic algae blooms, sea turtles are exploited by humans, slaughtered for their eggs, meat and shells and in danger of habitat destruction and accidental capture by fishermen.
The paper also demonstrates that sea turtles can be successfully re-introduced into the wild after sustaining injuries and undergoing prolonged periods of rehabilitation.
Sea turtles and their eggs in Cyprus have been protected since 1971 by the fisheries law, while the protection of their habitat in the Lara and Toxeftra areas has been safeguarded since 1989.
The first group includes assessments of long-term nesting data for the two most threatened populations of sea turtles in the world.
TAP)- A sea turtle cared for by the National Institute for Marine Science and Technology (INSTM) in Monastir, was released back into water on Tuesday from El Kraia beach, on the occasion of the World Sea Turtle Day (May 23).
Launched to improve the protection of sea turtles through community outreach and education, the initiative included presentations to students, fishermen and the Wali of Masirah in addition to beach clean-ups, football tournaments, and environmental themed quizzes.
But people who love these endangered sea turtles were once barred from cooperation by 90 miles of ocean between Florida and Cuba.
Sidon's Greek Melkite Catholic Diocese launched an awareness campaign Sunday in an effort to protect sea turtles that live off Lebanon's southern coast.
Sea turtles are particularly vulnerable to attack by ants because hatchlings typically take from several hours to several days after pipping before they emerge from their nests (Godfrey & Mrosovsky 1999).