Wild & Weird: Adorable Endangered Turtles Released Into Wild
Behold endangered Blanding's turtle hatchlings taking their first leaps, steps and swims into the wild on Facebook or YouTube.
These turtles can live as long as 80 years, but predation, disease, habitat destruction and collection by humans have driven their population to the brink. In response to a 2011 petition by the Center, Blanding's turtles received protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
In 2012 the Center and several renowned scientists and herpetologists, including E.O. Wilson and Thomas Lovejoy, filed a formal petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for Blanding's turtles and 52 other of the nation's most threatened amphibians and reptiles.
Although these turtles aren't yet protected at the federal level in the United States, they're protected by several state laws.