State officials investigating turtle deaths in Florida

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A zoo official holds a four-month old freshwater turtle to be displayed at the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Ten river turtles, considered Thailand’s biggest freshwater turtle, were born in captive bringing the total number of the endangered to 16 at the Dusit Zoo. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Environmental officials are investigating a freshwater turtle die-off in Florida.

Freshwater turtles began turning up dead along the St. Johns River. About 100 dead or dying turtles have been found so far in water bodies in Orange, Seminole and Putnam counties. A few reports have come in from other locations, such as Trout Lake near Eustis.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says exams of the turtles and tests of their tissues have failed to pinpoint a cause of death.

Anyone who finds a dead turtle should contact the agency’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit an online report at .

According to reports, most of the turtles that have been found dead are Florida softshell turtles, a common species in the state.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am
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