안녕하세요, family and friends. Today is 23 May 2020 | World Turtle Day.
It might not be evident to those who don’t know me well or haven’t seen my instagram or twitter profile, but I am a huge turtle enthusiast. I also like to think of turtles, tortoises or terrapins as my spirit animal.
I am aware that I don’t know as much as I would like when it comes to these cute reptiles. However, since today is World Turtle Day maybe it’s time I should start learning about them.
As I embark on this ‘getting to know my favourite animal’ journey, I would love it if you would come and join me. Do you like turtles too? If you do, follow my blog and stay tuned for more turtle info every 23rd of the month.
Did you know that turtles live in water? *insert my trying Aussie accent*
I always get reminded of that line from H20: Just Add Water whenever I think of turtles. I’m not even sure if anyone still remembers the show but I used to be obsessed with those mermaids growing up.
Anyway, my main reason for writing this blog is to introduce a new segment I’m working on.
Turtle of the Month
It would be posted every 23rd each month to celebrate my spirit animal. I chose the 23rd day to commemorate World Turtle day, which is celebrated every 23rd of May.
If this seems like something that would interest you then keeping reading, follow my blog and let me know what you think in the comment section. It would mean the world to me.
Okay, to start off our knowledge chain on Turtles I will list down basic and interesting information about turtles.
I am not an expert nor am I a
student of Veterinary or Zoology,
so if there are any terms that
I may not use correctly,
please let me know.
Firstly, what are turtles?
They are reptiles that has a body encased in a bony or cartilaginous shell.
- Turtles, tortoises and terrapins are all under the group of reptiles called chelonians
- There are disputes over how far their origins go but most believe that they come from the Triassic Period which is 220 million years ago which makes them the oldest reptile groups. Yes, older than snakes and, even, crocodiles!
- These three terms: turtles, tortoises & terrapins though commonly used interchangeably actually have their own individual descriptions:
- Turtles – usually found in water
- Tortoises – land-dwelling
- Terrapins – those testudines that have duality, in that they can both live in water and land
- My sources tell me differing amounts for the number of turtle species in the world today, some say 356 and other 335
- According to the IUCN RED List, an organisation set on being the most comprehensive source of global risk extinction status of animals, there are
- 50 species of turtles that are critically endangered
- 44 species are endangered
- 67 vulnerable species
The Palawan Forest Turtle or Philippine Pond Turtle
(Siebenrockiella leytensis) is one of the 55 species of turtles that critically endangered. This is due to illegal wildlife trading for pets and food.
However, the most known species of turtles that are also critically endangered are the sea turtles. Almost all 7 different types of sea turtles are in the brink of extinction. And perhaps we’ve all seen the video of that turtle who had help getting out a piece of plastic straw from its nose. So, I’m sure I don’t need to repeat the reasons for their place in the critically endangered status.
These 7 types of sea turtles will be the starting topics for my ‘Turtle of the Month’ segments.
- Green Sea Turtle
- Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
- Hawksbill Sea Turtle
- Leatherback Sea Turtle
- Loggerhead Sea Turtle
- Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
- Flatback Sea Turtle
I hope that you will support me in this venture so we can celebrate and raise awareness for these cute reptiles.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
If you like reading devotionals, I upload every day except on Sundays. On Wednesdays, I upload Life Lessons posts. Lastly, every 23rd of the month a new Turtle of the Month is live.