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World Turtle Day
Animals
In the end the turtle always wins the race!

When: May 23rd

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

You could watch the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" to see fun movie about turtles. Contacting a volunteer organization such as Sea Turtle Trackers to help with conservation efforts.  As always with animals, a trip to the zoo provides a great way to see giant or rare type of turtles that are not native to your area.

Numbers

There are about 6.5 million sea turtles in the world.

Description

The common terms "turtle", "tortoise" and "terrapin", are common names. "Tortoise" usually means any land-dwelling, non-swimming chelonian, while "Terrapin" is used for several species of small, edible, hard-shell turtles. Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonia They are characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. The word "turtle" is generally restricted to fresh-water and sea-dwelling Testudines. Of the 360 known extant species,some are highly endangered.
Turtles are classified as amniotes, along with other reptiles, birds, and mammals. Like other amniotes, turtles breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water, and the retraction of their necks so that their heads and bodies are completely enclosed by their shell are something very unique among any living creature.
 

Interesting Facts

  1. The leatherback sea turtle, sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle  is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind three crocodilians.
  2. The hawksbill sea turtle is one of the most beautiful of all the sea turtles. It's shell is ornate and colourful.
  3. London, England has 4 of the top 10 visited museums in the world.
  4. Some turtles have been know to live over 100 years.
  5. It's estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive to adulthood.

Information

Observed:
  • May 23rd
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