Jack Wietbrock, 8, petitioned West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis after saving a baby turtle from a nearby street.
Seagrass and algae, some of their favourite foods, look like plastic.
Chinese scientists observed turtles in labs and in outdoor ponds.
The 1,529 amniotes included star tortoises, redfoot tortoises, sulcata tortoises and red-eared slider turtles.
"These are not the same brothers," said producer Ant Ward.
Turtles are now the most threated group of animals on Earth.
The scientists hope they weren't interrupting a courtship session.
"Don't kiss or snuggle with your turtle," advises the CDC. "This can increase your risk of getting sick."
An ongoing study of their welfare delivers its latest alarming finding.
The critically endangered Burmese Star Tortoises have been safely reported to a Myanmar sanctuary.
Kai Xu, 27, of Windsor, Ontario pleaded guilty to six smuggling charges in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The swimsuit holds a diaper in place, allowing scientists to collect waste necessary for their research.
The adorable, tiny turtles can carry deadly diseases, and grow up to outcompete native species.
The animals vocalizations are difficult to hear, and they don't talk very much.