WORLD TURTLE DAY!

WORLD TURTLE DAY!

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It’s World Turtle Day and we’re celebrating our shelled reptile friends with fun facts and photos! Tell us what you love about turtles and tortoises!

  • Turtles have been on the earth for about 200 million years.
  • Box turtles can live to be over a 100 years old.
  • Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.

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  • There are seven species of sea turtles. The Leatherback is the largest.
  • The top shell is called the carapace and the bottom shell is the called the plastron.

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  • Turtles and tortoises are attached to their shells.
  • The shells are part of their skeleton.
  • turtle3The coverings on the top shell are called scutes.
  • Scutes are made up of keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair and nails.
  • turtle4Turtles don’t have ears.
  • There are about 250 species of turtles.
  • turtle8Some sea turtles can dive as deep as 3,000 feet.
  • Turtles are reptiles.
  • turtle7Turtles lay eggs.
  • Hatchlings have a special tooth that they use to crack open their eggs.

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Categories: adventure, Animals, Children, conservation, education, Environment, nature, reptiles, science, turtles, wildlife | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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  1. Happy Turtle Day!! I hope Mom got me a Turtle Day present….

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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