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Texas can boast a high turtle diversity with three species that naturally occur only here and no where else. In fact Texas is home to almost half of the turtle diversity in the United States!  With a rapidly growing population it is becoming more important now than ever to educate people young and old about these animals, their interesting behaviors, priceless value of their presence in the wild, and the challenges that threaten their very existence.

Fortunately for turtles they are a rather popular and many people have fond early memories of turtles. This is likely to be the saving grace for this ancient group of reptiles as it can translate into most people having consideration for them. I really like turtles and enjoy learning more about them and they played no small part in the direction of my career. I am currently the biological curator and collections manager at the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center at the University of Texas Arlington. Previously I worked at the Fort Worth Zoo and Dallas Zoo departments of herpetology. I've had the good fortune to have 20 years of international field work but Texas is my home and the turtles here provide me with a lot of fun inspiration and research material. There is so much we still do not know about their private lives with regards to ecology and natural history and every bit we learn is priceless as this information can be crucial towards their conservation. 

As of lately I've been working with the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) with their ongoing Texas turtle research to better understand and protect turtles in the lone star state.

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Carl J. Franklin