That’s right, today is World Turtle Day. It’s a real thing folks, and is sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue.
Don’t let the name fool you, turtles and tortoises worldwide get cred today.
The special day is designed to bring attention to and increase knowledge of and respect for turtles, tortoises and to encourage human action to help them survive.
In other words, share the planet.
Folks celebrate around the world by – I’m not kidding – dressing UP as turtles or wearing green dresses.
Some save turtles caught on highways, and some teachers dedicate the day to learning about the little critters.
The relatively new celebration began in 1990 when the American Tortoise Rescue decided to make folks more aware of the friendly reptiles.
That’s right, they are reptiles. Turtles are known for their hard shells which protect them, but in reality along with the upper shell, called a carapace, they have a lower shell called a plastron.
I missed that in Biology class.
The largest turtles are the leatherback sea turtles who can weigh UP to 2,000 pounds!
In some turtle species the temperature determines the gender of the turtle while in the egg! Lower temperatures lead to males while higher temps bring on females.
Some turtles lay eggs in the sand and split, leaving the eggs to hatch on their own and make it back to the ocean.
Mom of the Year!
Sea turtles have special gland which remove salt from the water they drink. Now that’s a filter!
And, last but not least, many are endangered, so be careful out there!
Happy World Turtle Day!