What's not to love about turtles?
These fascinating reptiles who've been around for more than 200 million years are generally docile, gentle creatures, with some of the smaller species being popular pets. Sadly, many of the 328 species of turtle are endangered or threatened with extinction, so spreading the word and awareness of turtles is important to their survival. The sea turtles are on the endangered species list. Some sub species such as the leatherback turtle and the hawksbill turtle are on the critically endangered list. Their main treats are illegal trades, bycatch and habitat loss.
10 Interesting Facts about Turtles
1- In mythology, the turtle represents heaven and earth, the shell being the heavenly portion and the enclosed body the earth.
2- Because they live to a very old age, turtles also represent longevity.
3- In many cultures, it is considered bad luck to kill a turtle, and some Eastern cultures believe caring for them will bring good fortune.
4- Fossils of turtles have been found proving they existed on earth 215 million years ago. Now, that's seriously old!
5- Turtles can drink salty sea water, because they have glands that filter out the salt.
6- The patterns on the shells of turtles are all unique. No two are exactly the same.
7- The turtle is often associated with women, with the cycle of life.
8- Turtles lay eggs and bury them in sand. They do not incubate them like birds do.
9-They symbolize steadfastness.
10- Turtles move slowly on land but can swim up to 35 miles per hour! So, if it's a race in the water, a turtle may actually win.