World Turtle Day
About World Turtle Day
When is World Turtle Day? This holiday is always celebrated on May 23
World Turtle Day is an international holiday that was created for two reasons. First, this May 23 holiday is to celebrate and enjoy both turtles and tortoises. Secondly, this day is to educate people about turtles, how to protect them, and how to save their disappearing natural habitat. There is a difference between a turtle versus a tortoise. We will distinguish this difference for you. Read on.
Turtles and tortoises have a long life span. Many species live 35 to 50 years. Some species have been known to live 150-200 years. Some species are carnivores, while others are herbivores. Their populations are decreasing rapidly. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 129 of 300 species of turtles and tortoises are on the endangered species list.
Turtle Trivia: You can tell the gender of a turtle by the noise it makes. Male turtles grunt while females hiss.
Did You Know? There actually are Turtle Festivals! We hope you plan on attending them.
The most famous turtles are:
- The four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello
- Squirt and Crush from Finding Nemo
What's the difference between and turtle and a tortoise?
Both turtles and tortoises are reptiles, dating back over 200 million years. There is one major difference. A tortoise lives on land. A turtle lives in the water most of the time. Now that you know the difference, I’m sure you realize that the “Turtle” you bought at the pet store and the one you saw in the park or even your backyard, was actually a Tortoise.
Now that you know the difference, no one will complain, if you refer to them as “turtles”, regardless of species.
Turtle Quote: “Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.” – – James B. Conant
How to Celebrate and Participate in World Turtle Day
Here are some ways you can celebrate World Turtle Day:
- First and foremost, do not buy pet turtles. It only increases demand and can cause a further decrease in their populations.
- Go to a zoo or nature center that has turtles.
- Dress up like a turtle. Yes, some people actually will today!
- Watch a television show or movie with turtles in it. May we suggest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Finding Nemo?
- Learn more about turtles and tortoises, and how you can help to protect them and their habitat.
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History and Origin of World Turtle Day
World Turtle Day was created in 2000. It was founded by Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson. This annual holiday event is sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue organization.
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