The New York Turtle and Tortoise Society

Welcome to the NYTTS Web Site

The New York Turtle and Tortoise Society, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation of habitat, and the promotion of proper husbandry and captive propagation of turtles and tortoises.  The Society emphasizes the education of its members and the public in all areas relevant to the appreciation of these unique animals.

Society Activities

Membership Information

Calendar of Events

Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show

Information on the 1999 Annual Seminar

Mail-Order Catalogue for Books, T-Shirts, Trout Chow, Turtle Brittle, and other Sale Items

Links to Other Turtle Organization and Related Conservation Organizations

Links to Turtle Care Information

The NYTTS Vet List — A Directory of Veterinarians Who Treat Turtles

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Asian turtles are being threatened with extinction.

Capacity Building for Southeast Asia.  The NYTTS scholarship program for Southeast Asian students -- to develop scientific expertise for chelonian research and conservation education and awareness programs in Southeast Asia.

The Turtle Conservation and Ecology Program at Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

Proceedings: Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Tortoises and Turtles -- An International Conference


Asian Scholarship Interns 2002

Asian scholarship interns — Nara Heng, Firoz Ahmed, and Jichao Wang — at the Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show on June 22.  Each presented a poster for the occasion.  Click photo for more information.

NYTTS Calendar.  See 2002 Calendar for schedule of coming events.

Our Asian Scholarship recipients, Firoz Ahmed, Sovannara (Nara) Heng, and Jichao Wang (see photo, right) have completed the Wetlands Institute ten-week summer course and are now (August–September) at Camp Selby, Mississippi, working with gopher tortoises.  See “Biologists Gather at South Georgia Creek to Study Alligator Snapping Turtles” (link opens new browser window).

Research and Conservation at the Wetlands Institute.  Every summer, the Wetlands Institute offers ten-week research opportunities for college and university students, who are recruited nationally and internationally.  Of special interest is the Diamondback Terrapin Recovery Program.  See Research and Conservation at the Wetlands Institute.

Diamondback Terrapin Conservation in New York.  For information on the terrapin conservation work in the New York area, and for opportunities to volunteer for this important project, go to The Diamondback Terrapin: Gateway’s Salt Marsh Turtle.  See also Amphibians and Reptiles of Long Island, Staten Island and Manhattan.

An overwintered hatchling emerges.
New Web site for Diamondback Terrapin Conservation on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  The Photo-Diary of a Terrapin Researcher, which chronicles coastal happenings on the Outer Cape, previously hosted by NYTTS, now has a home of its own at (link opens new browser window; close window to return to this page).

Give Turtles a Brake Bumper Sticker The Bumper Stickers Have Arrived!  Updated tire vs. box turtle bumper stickers, printed in orange and black, with NYTTS Web site address, design by Carolyn Sgandurra.  Please see NYTTS Mail-Order Form.


Membership in the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society, which includes subscriptions to NYTTS publications and discounts to books and other sale items, is open to all interested persons (children are welcome to join under the supervision of their parents or guardians) for an annual fee of $20.  Please send check, payable to NYTTS Membership, to NYTTS, P.O. Box 878, Orange, NJ 07051-0878.

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