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The Indian tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria) from the Assam State Zoo. Once genetic work is done, this will likely become a full subspecies.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) at the Newport Aquarium.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) at the Newport Aquarium.

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A federally endangered Plymouth red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris bangsi) sometimes called the Plymouth red-bellied cooter, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the first freshwater turtle species in the United States to be listed as endangered.

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A federally endangered Plymouth red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris bangsi) sometimes called the Plymouth red-bellied cooter, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the first freshwater turtle species in the United States to be listed as endangered.

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A federally endangered Plymouth red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris bangsi) sometimes called the Plymouth red-bellied cooter, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the first freshwater turtle species in the United States to be listed as endangered.

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A federally endangered Plymouth red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris bangsi) sometimes called the Plymouth red-bellied cooter, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the first freshwater turtle species in the United States to be listed as endangered.

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A federally endangered Plymouth red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris bangsi) sometimes called the Plymouth red-bellied cooter, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the first freshwater turtle species in the United States to be listed as endangered.

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A federally endangered Plymouth red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris bangsi) sometimes called the Plymouth red-bellied cooter, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the first freshwater turtle species in the United States to be listed as endangered.

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A Texas diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis) at the Houston Zoo.

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An endangered Chinese big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum megacephalum) at the Houston Zoo.

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An endangered Chinese big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum megacephalum) at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) at the Houston Zoo.

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A Texas diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis) at the Houston Zoo.

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A male and female critically endangered red-crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, Upper Pradesh, India. The male is one-third the size of the female, and there are less than 500 breeding adult animals left in the wild.

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A vulnerable Indian soft shelled turtle (Nilssonia gangetica) at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in Lucknow, India.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) inside an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers capture a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is stimulated at the Suzhou Zoo in China. The hope was that he would produce sperm to artificially inseminate the female, unfortunately, he produced none. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers search for the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers capture a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is stimulated at the Suzhou Zoo in China. The hope was that he would produce sperm to artificially inseminate the female, unfortunately, he produced none. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers search for the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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