More Turtles (or are they tortoises?)

sea turtle s

I’ve painted sea turtles before, when I was doing endangered species on a regular basis.  It bears repeating that nearly all sea turtles are endangered.  Habitat destruction, particularly of coastal nesting sites, and poaching for eggs, meat, skin and shells all contribute to species loss, but one of the biggest problems is that they get caught in fishing nets.  To save sea turtles and the ocean ecosystem they are part of will require global cooperation.

box turtle s

Turtles generally spend most of their time in water, while tortoises reside on land, so why are box turtles not called box tortoises?  Sometimes they are, in fact, but they actually belong to the pond turtle family, so the turtle label is also appropriate.  They are the state reptiles of North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kansas.  Populations are declining everywhere due to (surprise!) habitat destruction and fragmentation, but they are particularly endangered in Asia, due to their use in traditional medicine, and the pet trade.

And terrapins?  They tend to live in swampy areas, equally at home in water and on land.

Nina and I have done a number of turtle posts.  With more coming, I’m sure.

You can read more about endangered turtles here.

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29 responses to “More Turtles (or are they tortoises?)”

  1. weisserwatercolours says :

    ….your sea turtle painting is as revealing as your informative narrative–it so looks like it is immersed in its watery habitat!

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    I love the turtle paintings!
    Turtle soup was a famous Philadelphia delicacy in the 18th and 19th century. They used sea turtles at first, but then switched to the turtles that lived in the marshy areas around the city. We sometimes see big turtles (or tortoises ?) crossing the road here. I guess to mate or lay eggs?

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  3. Jodi says :

    Oh that sea turtle is so glorious! Love it!!!

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  4. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Love the one on top particularly Kerfe! Thanks for the info too. Boy we need to take hold of the environmental challenges. Methinks wiping out the EPA is a bad idea ……

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  5. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    Beautiful painting and very informative post! I had no idea they were all endangered!

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  6. memadtwo says :

    I am so glad to see you are painting, and wonderfully. And you know how I feel about turtles.

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  7. Susan Feniak says :

    This is wonderful Kerfe. Lets hope we can all help revive the turtle population! 🙂

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  8. Sharon Mann says :

    Beautiful tribute to our tortoise/ turtle friends. In Nevada we are can adopt a tortoise as long as the habitat at the home has underground shelter for hibernation time.

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  9. Jill Kuhn says :

    Love your colors on both of them! 🙂

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  10. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    This is awesome!! Love the water color in the first one… and the crop of the turtle. So well done and cool! And here’s to protecting them!! 😍

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  11. Teresa Robeson says :

    Turtles are fascinating creatures, and I’m happy to see you guys feature them in your posts and awesome paintings and drawings!

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  12. Cathe says :

    Wonderful tortoise/turtle painting. Some of my favorite critters. I hate how humans have abused them and their habitats.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Because turtles are associated with longevity, their body parts and shells have been used in an attempt to gain a longer life…and as for habitats, none seem to escape human development. Definitely sad.

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