Global conservation status of turtles and tortoises (Order Testudines)

Chelonian Conservation and Biology 17(2):135-161. Rhodin, A.G.J. (and 59 other authors, incl. Baard, E.H.W.). 2018.

Presentation: Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles

South African turtles, terrapins and tortoises. South Africa has five of the seven kinds of sea turtles occurring in its coastal and off-shore waters.

Protection levels show imperiled SA reptiles not sufficiently safe-guarded despite low extinction risk

Biological Conservation 233:61-72. K.A. Tolley, J. Weeber, B. Maritz, L. Verburgt, M.F. Bates, W. Conradie, M.D. Hofmeyr, A.A. Turner, J.M. da Silva and G.J. Alexander. 2019.

Your field guide to tortoise awareness

The tortoise is a terrestrial reptile and the world is home to a total of about 43 species. South African has 13 species and 8 are found in the Western Cape alone.