The Giant Tortoises of the Galapagos: A Case Study

Of all of the unique species to be found on the Galapagos islands, the giant (Geochelone nigra) – the world’s largest tortoise – is probably the best known and certainly the most instantly recognised. Believed to have evolved from a single ancestral type of tortoise, before the arrival of humans …

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Conserving Kosgoda’s Turtles: A Case Study

Turtles evolved more than 50 million years before the first dinosaur walked the earth – and they have been plying the seas, and hauling themselves onto the world’s warm and sandy beaches to lay their eggs, ever since. Having survived the demise of their younger cousins at the end of …

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Releasing Grass Snakes Into the Wild: A Case Study

Although the grass snake (Natrix natrix) naturally lays its eggs in piles of rotting vegetation alongside the ponds and lakes it frequents, where the natural warmth produced helps with incubation, it also has a reputation for occasionally building its nest in compost heaps. As keen gardener – and lifelong snake …

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