Wednesday, September 12, 2007

DFWTTC @ Dallas Museum of Nature & Science - Thank You

Our 1st event in Dallas Museum of Nature & Science this past weekend turned out great and we had lots of visitors, handed out many care sheets and I have heard many interesting questions and statements about turtles I'll share later when I will remember. :-)

I would like to thank to Glenn and Judy for taking their time and animals to the event.
Glenn's 90 lb baby Sulcata Dozer was a huge success. Kids were following him all over the place. One of the amusing questions about Dozer was: "Is that a snapping turtle?"

Judy brought her 30 gal tank with 3 RES from baby to almost fully
grown female. It drawn quite a bit attention since people did not want
to believe how much their tiny slider will grow in just 3 years.

One of my pet peeve answers to -- what kind of turtle do you have? -- was -- I don't know. !!!!!! I almost fainted when I heard it and not only once.

Thank you again and I hope to do another event soon. It's really fun to see the kids happy and excited seeing so many kinds of turtles and trying to learn about them.


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Friday, September 7, 2007

Reptile Fest at Dallas Museum of Nature & Science

Come see us at the Museum of Nature & Science event.

at your new Museum of Nature & Science is a weekend full of REPTILE discovery! Bring your family and friends and join MNS for a weekend full of REPTILE demonstrations, hands-on activities, crafts and shows.

At you can get to know more about the lizards that live in your own backyard, visit an interactive reptile show, make a snake hat, talk to a real herpetologist, touch and feel a banded Milk Snake and spend some time getting to know your cold-blooded friends!

MNS Fair Park Campus: Science Building (1318 South Second Avenue), Nature Building (3535 Grand Avenue) and Planetarium (1620 First Avenue)

September 8, 2007 10am-5pm
September 9, 2007 noon-5pm

COST: Admission to Reptile Fest is free to MNS members and included in the general admission cost to non-members. Not a member? Join now! Call 972-201-0602.

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See you there

Monday, August 13, 2007

10 Things to Do for Turtles

10 Things to Do for Turtles

by Barbara Dillard

Spring and early summer is a time of turtle nesting and babies. You can see turtles walking on the road or turtle hatchlings around local ponds and creeks. However cute they look and no matter how much your child wants to pick them up and take them home it’s not a good idea.

Turtles—sea, freshwater, or terrestrial—are the favorite animals of many people. These attractive creatures continue to beat incredible odds to survive in today’s world of increasing pet and food trade, pollution and shrinking habitat. Here are some suggestions on how you can help those beautiful and important little creatures, which have been part of our ecosystem for a long, long time:

1. Give Turtles a Brake. First, be safe and don’t have an accident; then if possible avoid hitting the turtle. If you can safely stop and you want to do so, move the turtle off the road in the direction in which it was going. If the turtle is a large one, or a snapping turtle, use a stick to nudge him gently across the road without getting too close. Do not pick up a turtle by its tail, as it can cause dislocation of the turtle’s spine.

2. Protect Turtle habitat. Support your local turtle conservation programs. Report any abuse, poaching (of sea turtles, her eggs or hatchlings for example), or any other of your concerns to a local legal agency like Texas Parks & Wildlife department. These activities are violations of U.S. state and federal laws.

3. Don’t take turtles out of the wild. A game warden will fine you if you get caught. Turtles take up to 10 years before reaching sexual maturity to reproduce. Taking a turtle out of the wild will cause great harm to the future population of turtles. When the population is thinned beyond a certain point, adults are unlikely to find each other for mating. Many turtle species lays relatively few eggs and the hatchlings are very vulnerable during their first years to predation. This means not enough turtles can be produced for the population to survive and the population becomes reproductively dead.

4. Enjoy Turtles in the Wild. Never keep wild turtles as pets or buy them from a pet store. The trade in reptiles as pets is responsible for tremendous animal suffering and serious damage to turtle populations. Learn to enjoy turtles by observing them in their natural habitat, where they belong. If turtles live in your yard, why not keep them happy by building a pond and by landscaping with plants that provide protection and food? Edible plants for turtles include tropical hibiscus, dandelion, geraniums, and Chinese lantern. (Make sure that your plants are free of pesticide and herbicide residue.) Piles of leaves, vines, and downed trees make perfect turtle hiding places.

5. Don't release turtles back in wild. Think twice before buy turtle as a pet. Turtles can live 40, 60 even hundred years. They can grow large and need lots of space to roam or/and swim. This is the number one reason of turtles being released back in wild. Turtles kept in captivity for a while often lose the need for hunting since they have been fed and they will not be able to survive in the wild. An even bigger problem can develop, that is releasing the turtle, even in its potentially native habitat, will affect biodiversity of the pond or lake you release it in. Introduction of parasites and illnesses can wipe out entire fish or other local fauna population. For help, contact your local Turtle Club, Herpetological Society, Wildlife rehabilitator or your local animal shelter.

6. Get Turtles out of U.S. Live Animal Markets. Turtles are among the most popular offerings at live animal markets in the United States. They suffer terrible abuse in filthy, neglectful conditions, and are slaughtered by being cut apart while conscious. The vast majority of market turtles are taken from the wild, contributing to declining U.S. turtle populations. Tell state wildlife agencies that you’re concerned about the increasing collection of wild turtles to supply animal markets in the United States and abroad (mostly in Asia).

7. Say NO to turtle racing. Turtle racing is an event that is often held for the entertainment of young children at fairs, picnics, rodeos and socials across the U.S. usually without knowing what harm they are doing to the local turtle population as well as to the individual turtles. Turtles are found and collected in the wild and the overwhelming majority is picked up off of the roads. These “collectors” often exceed their legal limit of turtles. Turtles are piled up in five gallon buckets or cardboard boxes for a time ranging from several days to several weeks without food or water. As a result the turtles are under enormous amount of stress and sometimes covered with urine and feces which could spread disease among the turtles.

8. Don’t Mess with Texas. Pollution makes its way into bodies of water and wild areas, poisoning turtles and destroying their habitats. Always properly dispose of any hazardous materials such as paint or oil. Garbage, such as plastic bags, kills many pond turtles and sea turtles that either ingest it or become entangled in it. Reduce the amount of garbage you produce, recycle, and dispose of it properly.

9. Spread the Word. Educate others about the importance of protecting turtles from commercial exploitation and abuse in your community and throughout the world. Be a voice for turtles.

10. Join and/or support turtle conservation and educational organizations. You can find and join local Turtle & Tortoise Club/society like DFW Turtle & Tortoise club so you can connect with others with great knowledge about chelonians and help with local efforts to protect turtles. Many other organizations like TSA - Turtle Survival Alliance and World Chelonian Trust have a great resources and extensive information about captive care and conservational issues.


1. Box Turtle Partnership of Texas [BTPT] articles by Michael Smith

2. World Chelonian Trust –

3. Humane Society of the United States

4. Turtle Racing in U.S.A. by Alex Heeb

Barbara Dillard is founder of DFW Turtle & Tortoise Club, Member of DFW Herpetological Society, Member of World Chelonian Trust, and partner of BTPT

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Welcome to DFW Turtle & Tortoise Club

DFW Turtle & Tortoise Club is a great group to exchange ideas and information to create a better understanding of the care of our shelled friends in the Dallas – Fort Worth climate (but not exclusively).

Come and join us: Feel free to invite anyone who might be interested.

Or contact us at:

Our monthly meetings are so far all around the DFW metroplex. Announcements of location and time are always made in advance on our yahoo group