World Turtle Day

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World Turtle Day

When is World Turtle Day?

May 23rd

When did World Turtle Day start?

It started in 2000

​Who Sponsors it?

American Tortoise Rescue

How is it celebrated?

You can celebrate it in a variety of ways, but some include:Wearing Green Clothes, Dressing up as a Turtle, Saving Turtles, Research, and helping to create awareness.

Check out the below info graphic with some really neat facts about turtles courtesy of

Turtle Facts to celebrate world turtle day!

  • Turtles live on every continent except for Antarctica.
  • The earliest known turtle like animals date back 220 million years!
  • Majority of turtle shells are covered in scutes and made up of approximately 60 bones.
  • Only about 1 in 1000 sea turtle eggs survive to adulthood
  • Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins are all part of a group called Testudines totaling near 300 currently discovered.
  • River Turtles eat plants and meat and are known as Omnivores.
  • The Leatherback Turtle is the fastest, and largest turtle. They can grow to 2M in Length (6ft6in.) and can weigh up to 900KG (1,984lbs). They can swim up to 35KPH (22MPH)
  • Some species of turtles can live for 100 years or more.
  • A group of Turtles is called a “bale”
  • The Hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley turtle are both endangered on the IUCn Red List
  • Female turtles currently outnumber male turtles 2 to 1.
  • Flatback turtles lay the fewest eggs per batch at around 50, while the Hawksbill can lay 200.

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