What is not
on our site
- What is
on our site
- The foundation
of this site is a database of the location of every species of
freshwater and land turtle that has been collected by a museum,
private individual, or referenced in a publication. Our site is
a continuation of the work done by John
B. Iverson in his 1992 book A
Revised Checklist with Distribution Maps of the Turtles of the
World. Because the Web offers an interactive and
dynamic publishing environment, we have supplemented Dr. Iverson's
original work with more mapping options and additional information
for the general public, such as a glossary and pictures.
Why this is important
- The history
of where turtles are found is an important record for conservation
and preservation efforts and an invaluable resource for anyone
interested in turtle research. If you have ever wondered which
turtles are found where you live, you are interested in turtle
of sea turtles. Because marine turtles travel long distances in
the oceans, it is difficult to document and maintain location
data. Additionally, there are other conservation groups that collect
and present this information better than we could.
on care, breeding, or sale of turtles. We are not veterinarians
nor turtle breeders. We do not have specimens for sale or exchange
nor can we make recommendations about turtle care or health.
- Dr. Iverson's
complete publication. To make the site useful to both amateurs
and scientists, we have deviated a great deal from the formatting
of the original publication. While we have attempted to include
all of the information from the original publication, the ever-changing
nature of the data and the limitations of the media, guarantees
that differences between our site and the book will exist.
information. All information on our server comes from publicly
available sources or from individuals or institutions willing
to make such information public.
us how we can make the site more useful to you and
answer our Current
User Survey. If you are an amateur or professional
herpetologist, collector, or museum contact, we would like to
add to our database of species information. Please read our Privacy
Policy and contact
us if you are willing to share information.