Can you guess what today is? Here’s a hint.
It’s World Turtle Day! I was wondering how to share my turtle pics and here we have a whole day dedicated to them! Did you even know we had a day to celebrate turtles? I didn’t until my blogging friend Woodland Gnome mentioned it in her post yesterday. She has a wonderful tale about our reptilian friends.
The handsome guy in the photo above is one I met on a trail at Spring Mill. I actually saw a couple of turtles out and about as they were considering the merits of crossing the trails. One of the reasons I love turtles is that they are much more photogenic than other animals and do not bolt for cover the second you get out your camera. Squirrels are prone to this trickster behavior, but turtles have no guile.
World Turtle Day was established to bring awareness to the plight of our turtle populations, which are under great stress due to habitat loss and the urbanization of our landscape. American Tortoise Rescue organization, who founded the day, recommends the following as ways to help protect native turtle and tortoises.
• Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
• Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
• If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going — if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
• Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to more endangered sea turtle deaths.
• Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
• Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches. This is illegal throughout the U.S.
Quiet and camouflaged, turtles often escape our attention. When our paths cross, it’s a delightful surprise. Let’s all do our best to provide safe places for these endearing animals and we’ll be so happy together.
Blessings to you,