Photo: Millions of U.S. Turtles Consumed in China Annually



Each year millions of U.S. turtles that have been farmed or caught in the wild are devoured in Asia, where the onetime delicacy has become more available to the masses.

In response, Florida—which houses a high diversity of freshwater turtles (above, a common snapping turtle in a Florida pond)—passed a July 2009 law that effectively ends wild-turtle harvests.

Photograph by George Grall/NGS


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