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A twist-necked turtle (Platemys platycephala melanonota) at Huachipa Zoo in Lima, Peru.

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A twist-necked turtle (Platemys platycephala melanonota) at Huachipa Zoo in Lima, Peru.

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A twist-necked turtle (Platemys platycephala melanonota) at Huachipa Zoo in Lima, Peru.

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A twist-necked turtle (Platemys platycephala melanonota) at Huachipa Zoo in Lima, Peru.

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A half-day-old hatchling leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) from Bioko Island. (IUCN: Critically Endangered, US: Endangered)

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A half-day-old hatchling leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) from Bioko Island. (IUCN: Critically Endangered, US: Endangered)

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An endangered hatchling green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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An endangered hatchling green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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An endangered hatchling green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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A Senegal flapshell turtle (Cyclanorbis senegalensis) at Safari Park Dvur Kralove. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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A Senegal flapshell turtle (Cyclanorbis senegalensis) at Safari Park Dvur Kralove. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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A Senegal flapshell turtle (Cyclanorbis senegalensis) at Safari Park Dvur Kralove. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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An enigmatic leaf turtle (Cyclemys enigmatica).
This species is new to science. They live in Borneo. This animal is the offspring of individuals confiscated in Hong Kong back in 2004.

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An enigmatic leaf turtle (Cyclemys enigmatica).
This species is new to science. They live in Borneo. This animal is the offspring of individuals confiscated in Hong Kong back in 2004.

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An enigmatic leaf turtle (Cyclemys enigmatica).
This species is new to science. They live in Borneo. This animal is the offspring of individuals confiscated in Hong Kong back in 2004.

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An enigmatic leaf turtle (Cyclemys enigmatica).
This species is new to science. They live in Borneo. This animal is the offspring of individuals confiscated in Hong Kong back in 2004.

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A male crowned river turtle, Hardella thurjii, at Prague Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN. This turtle is native to the Ganges river system in India. It is the only species of turtle to lay its eggs in the water. Its shell is ground up and used as an aphrodisiac

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A male crowned river turtle, Hardella thurjii, at Prague Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN. This turtle is native to the Ganges river system in India. It is the only species of turtle to lay its eggs in the water. Its shell is ground up and used as an aphrodisiac

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A male crowned river turtle, Hardella thurjii, at Prague Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN. This turtle is native to the Ganges river system in India. It is the only species of turtle to lay its eggs in the water. Its shell is ground up and used as an aphrodisiac

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A male crowned river turtle, Hardella thurjii, at Prague Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN. This turtle is native to the Ganges river system in India. It is the only species of turtle to lay its eggs in the water. Its shell is ground up and used as an aphrodisiac

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A coastal plain cooter hatchling (Pseudemys floridana peninsularis) at Petra Aqua.

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A coastal plain cooter hatchling (Pseudemys floridana peninsularis) at Petra Aqua.

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A West African mud turtle (Pelusios castaneus) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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A West African mud turtle (Pelusios castaneus) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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A Brazilian radiolated swamp turtle (Acanthochelys radiolata) at BioParque do Rio.

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A Brazilian radiolated swamp turtle (Acanthochelys radiolata) at BioParque do Rio.

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A D’Orbigny’s slider (Trachemys dorbigni) at BioParque do Rio.

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A D’Orbigny’s slider (Trachemys dorbigni) at BioParque do Rio.

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A D’Orbigny’s slider (Trachemys dorbigni) at BioParque do Rio.

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A black-bellied slider (Trachemys dorbignyi dorbignyi) at Fundacao Jardim Zoologico de Brasilia.

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A black-bellied slider (Trachemys dorbignyi dorbignyi) at Fundacao Jardim Zoologico de Brasilia.

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Two scorpion mud turtles (Kinosternon scorpioides scorpioides) at Fundacao Jardim Zoologico de Brasilia.

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A scorpion mud turtle (Kinosternon scorpioides scorpioides) at Fundacao Jardim Zoologico de Brasilia.

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A large nosed wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys nasuta) at Zoologico de Quito.

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A large nosed wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys nasuta) at Zoologico de Quito.

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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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