May 23rd was World Turtle Day!

May 23, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

World Turtle Day is a day for celebrating the one of the planet’s oldest pets. Let’s continue the celebration with some super interesting turtle facts:

  • The earliest turtles had teeth and could not retract their heads, but other than this, modern turtles are very similar to their original ancestors
  • Several species of turtles can live to be over a hundred years of age including the American Box Turtle
  • Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica
  • Turtles will live in almost any climate warm enough to allow them to complete their breeding cycle
  • Turtles range in size from the 4-inch Bog Turtle to the 1500-pound Leathery Turtle
  • North America contains a large variety of turtle species, but Europe contains only two species of turtle and three species of tortoise
  • The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 different bones all connected together
  • Turtles have good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell. Hearing and sense of touch are both good, and even the shell contains nerve endings
  • Most turtle species have five toes on each limb. There are a few exceptions that have only four toes, and in some cases, just three!
  • The top domed part of a turtle’s shell is called the carapace and the bottom underlying part is called the plastron

Source: Animal Planet Reptile Guide

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