WORLD TURTLE DAY!
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.
- 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.
- Turtles and tortoises are attached to their shells.
- The shells are part of their skeleton.
- The coverings on the top shell are called scutes.
- Scutes are made up of keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair and nails.