Welcome to The Painted Turtle, where our goal is turtle conservation. We are dedicated to the protection of the world's turtles and the habitats they depend upon through research, public education and advocacy.

Many turtles are suffering serious declines in their populations, including Box turtles, spotted turtles and wood turtles, with entire populations vanishing. Recent studies show that even common species are under increasing pressure.

Turtle populations- both land and Sea turtles, are damaged by a number of factors. Sea turtles often drown when caught in fishing gear, both nets and longlines. Coastal development destroys important nesting sites and artificial light from houses and other buildings attracts hatchlings away from the ocean. Pollution like plastic bags are often mistaken for food, and are ingested by the turtles, blocking their intestines and potentially killing them. In some countries, they are hunted for their meat and shells and their eggs are eaten.

All marine turtles occurring in U.S. waters are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and are under the joint jurisdiction of NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Of the 7 species of sea turtles, 6 are found in U.S. waters: green, hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley. The 7th species, the flatback sea turtle , is found only in Australia.

According to some estimates, as many as 15 million turtles are traded annually in the Asian region, most of them ending up in China where the country's rapidly developing economy has generated demand for exotic foods and medicines made from turtles.

Help us to help and protect turtles around the world, by getting involved today. Donations are appreciated, or you can purchase on of the fabulous turtle products we have for sale, which will be used to help us fund activities to protect turtles.