The Endangered Species Act might need to add itself to the list

A story from our friends at the Audubon Society

Politicians are asking for changes to the country’s most important piece of wildlife conservation legislation, the Endangered Species Act. Changes to the act would have dire consequences for our nation’s turtles and tortoises, particularly in terms of habitat degradation and the increasing global trade of turtles for pets and food. Removing protections for these species could mean an increase in poaching and trade in turtles, and a decrease in important critical habitat. Some turtle species, especially those already critically endangered, could face extinction. 

Turtle & Tortoise currently on the ESA that may be affected:

US species:

Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas
Hawksbill Sea Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Lepidochelys kempii
Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta
Olive Ridley’s Sea Turtle Lepidochelys olivacea
Desert Tortoise Gopherus agassizii
Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus
Alabama Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys alabamensis
Bog Turtle Glyptemys muhlenbergii
Yellow-blotched Map Turtle Graptemys flavimaculata
Flattened Musk Turtle Sternotherus depressus
Plymouth Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys rubriventris bangsi
Ringed Map Turtle Graptemys oculifera

International Species: 

Aquatic Box Turtle Terrapene coahuila
Black Softshell Turtle Nilssonia nigricans
Brazilian Sideneck Turtle Phrynops hogei
Burmese Peacock Turtles Morenia ocellata
Cat Island Slider Trachemys terrapen
Central American River Turtle Dermatemys mawii
Cuatro Cienegas Softshell Turtle Apalone spinifera atra
Geometric Tortoise Psammobates geometricus
Inagua Island Slider Trachemys stejnegeri malonei
Indian Roofed Turtle Pangshura tecta tecta
Indian Softshell Turtle Nilssonia gangeticus
Indian Peacock Softshell Turtle Nilssonia hurum
Western Swamp Turtle Pseudemydura umbrina
South American Red-lined Slider Trachemys scripta callirostris
Spotted Pond Turtle Geoclemys hamiltonii
Asian Three-keeled Turtle
Ploughshare Tortoise Astrochelys yniphora
Bolson Tortoise Gopherus flavomarginatus
Galapagos Giant Tortoise Chelonoidis nigra
Radiated Tortoise Astrochelys radiata