11 Aug '12, 3am

Save the Western Pond Turtle Before It’s Too Late (Video)

Save the Western Pond Turtle Before It’s Too Late (Video)

The Western pond turtle was once common in creeks and lakes in the west but is now endangered in Washington, threatened in Oregon and of “special concern” in California. Researchers at Sonoma State University are studying why the turtle’s numbers have declined so sharply. SFGate describes some reasons: The main culprits are habitat loss and disease. But another turtle – the dreaded, nonnative red-eared slider – is also responsible. People buy red-eared sliders as pets, because when they’re babies they’re the size of a jawbreaker and cost about 25 cents, then release them into local ponds when they cease being cute. Red-eared sliders have proliferated, are slightly more aggressive than their cousins and tend to hog all the available turtle food, biologists said. In addition, juvenile pond turtles are a “favorite snack” for numerous other animals from skunks to snakes, from ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/saving-the-western-pond-turtl...

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