Mountain pond turtle imperiled by drought

VOLUNTEERS—Isaac Yeltsin and Steve Engelman examine the water quality at a turtle pool. Courtesy RCDSMM Stream TeamThe local drought and extreme heat have been tough on many animals—and currently an effort is underway to save the dwindling southwestern pond turtle population in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The southwestern pond turtle is the only turtle native to Southern
California. Their populations are in such decline that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to list t...

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