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Every sea turtle has markings as distinct as fingerprints on their shells. In an attempt to save the turtles from slaughter, rescue groups are etching their shells with tools that 'ruin' them for collectors. YEA FOR THE TURTLES!

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My Sweet Savannah: ~thrifty thursday~{tortoise shell makeover} -- an idea for making sea turtle shells for programs -- hmm.

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29 Dollar-Store Finds That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer

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How to Preserve a Turtle or Tortoise Shell

If you notice a turtle shell without a turtle inside (poor turtle), why not keep the shell as a decorative feature in your home? Here is how to preserve the turtle shell.

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Large grouping of Tortoise Shell - The Tides La Marea by Kelly Wearstler http://www.tidessouthbeach.com/Miami-Beach-Hotels/Tides-South-Beach/Restaurant

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5. Speckled Padloper Tortoise This tiny turtle species is the smallest in the world found mostly in South Africa and Southern Namibia. It’s full size is only 2-4 inches, which the females being slightly larger than the males. Their shells are orangish brown in color with hundreds of black speckles, hence their name. Read more: http://pawsaminute.net/smallest-cutest-animals-of-the-world/#ixzz3S9IL95YK

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