What’s the land-speed record for turtles? What does a softshell turtle’s shell feel like? How can I help endangered turtles? You have questions – our scientists have answers.
Yesterday, Conservation International reported on the catastrophic decline of the world’s freshwater turtles. This decline is a sign of trouble in freshwater ecosystems – upon which people also depend.
To help raise awareness of World Water Week, an international conference that works to address the state of water-related issues around the world, we’ve put our freshwater turtle and tortoise scientist, Dr. Peter Paul van Dijk, at your disposal.
And don’t forget to learn all you can about the most endangered freshwater turtles on our website. Did you know there’s a species of turtle with only four living members? And a turtle that hasn’t changed much since the time of the dinosaurs, whose meat is prized for religious celebrations?
Turtles are among the most fascinating species of animals – as Dr. van Dijk well knows. What do you want to know?
EDIT: The period to submit questions is now closed. Check back later this week to see the answers to community-submitted questions!