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- 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
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 research.
- What is not on our site
- Locations 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.
- Information 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.
- Confidential information. All information on our server
comes from publicly available sources or from individuals or institutions
willing to make such information public.
- How you can help us
- Tell 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.
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