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A painted turtle in Everglades National Park, Florida.

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Jerris Foote of Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab patrols the beach on Casey Key (south of Sarasota) to tag and measure any nesting female loggerhead turtles.

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Jerris Foote of Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab patrols the beach on Casey Key (south of Sarasota) to tag and measure any nesting female loggerhead turtles.

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The Florida gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) at the Florida Panther NWR. (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened)

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The Florida gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) at the Florida Panther NWR. (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened)

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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The Florida gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) at the Florida Panther NWR. (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened)

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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A female biologist uses radio telemetry to track juvenile desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert.

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Activist Eldon Hughes, shown at Joshua Tree National Monument in California’s Mojave Desert has worked to protect the desert habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

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Activist Eldon Hughes, shown at Joshua Tree National Monument in California’s Mojave Desert has worked to protect the desert habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

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The desert tortoise’s (threatened) habitat California’s Mojave Desert is being threatened by housing developments.

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A biologist watches for endangered desert tortoises as a bulldozer makes way for a housing development in their last remaining habitat.

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The endangered desert tortoise’s habitat in Nevada is being threatened by housing developments.

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The endangered desert tortoise’s habitat in Nevada is being threatened by housing developments.

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The desert tortoise’s (threatened) habitat California’s Mojave Desert is being threatened by housing developments.

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A panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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A panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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A panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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