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World Turtle Day

Tortoise, World Turtle Day


Date When Celebrated: This holiday event is always celebrated on May 23

World Turtle Day is an international holiday that was created for two reasons. First, this day 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.


 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.


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 for most of the time. Now that you know the difference, I'm sure you realize that "Turtle" you bought at the pet store and the one you saw in the park or even your back yard, was actually a Tortoise. Now that you know the difference, no one will complain, if you refer to them as "turtles", regardless of species.


Did You Know? There actually are Turtle Festivals! We hope you plan on attending them.


Famous Turtles

The most famous turtles are:

  • The four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello
  • Squirt and Crush from Finding Nemo


This female is actually laying her eggs in soft soil.

How to Celebrate World Tortoise Day:

  • First and foremost, do not buy pet turtles. It only increases demand and can cause 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.


Today's Chuckle: "A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man." - - Lana Turner

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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