Moodzie loves turtles, these magnificent creatures come in all shapes and sizes and live in a number of different environments. They all belong to a group of reptiles called Testudines, which includes turtles, tortoises, and terrapins. From giant, slow-moving land-dwelling tortoises and snappy terrapins basking in their fresh-water lagoons, to the graceful strokes of a sea turtle gliding through our oceans. Moodzie now will share some fun and interesting facts about turtles. Turtles belong to one of the oldest reptile groups in the world – beating snakes, crocodiles, and alligators! These creatures date back to the time of the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago – Woah!
Turtles are easily recognized by their bony, cartilaginous shell. This super-tough casing acts as a shield to protect them from predators – some turtles can even tuck their head up inside their shell for extra protection! Just like your bones, a turtle’s shell is actually part of its skeleton. It’s made up of over 50 bones which include the turtle’s rib cage and spine. Moodzie would also like to state that Contrary to popular belief, a turtle cannot come out of its shell. The turtle’s shell grows with them, so it’s impossible for them to grow too big for it! What a turtle eats depends on the environment it lives in. Land-dwelling turtles will munch on beetles, fruit and grass, whereas sea dwellers will gobble everything from algae to squid and jellyfish.
Moodzie also believes it Is a fun fact that turtles are all unique, as some turtles are meat eaters purely, whereas others may be herbivores, and then some are like humans where they eat both meat and plant foods, which is unlike other animals for the most part. Turtles, also Moodzie would like to state are unique in the sense that they can reside both at land and inside water, most turtles prefer to mainly live on land, however many also do spend a good portion of their time within the water. Turtles also have a very long lifespan, in fact on average turtles live considerably longer than humans, as some turtles live up to near 200 years. Moodzie would, however, state that sadly, there a total of 300 types of turtles and nearly half of them at this point are in risk of being endangered whereas, many already are, simply because of the atmosphere and environment, and also the illegal pet trade that occurs.
Moodzie just loves turtles. Below is some awesome information about turtles and why they are endangered. Together we can make a difference!
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve other caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.
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When you give generously today, you become a vital part of WWF-Australia’s important conservation work. Your donation will be supporting WWF’s work to protect our most precious threatened species and places. The challenges are huge, but with your support and our scientific know-how, the possibility of a better future becomes more achievable every day.
Green turtle Marine turtles have lived in the oceans for over 100 million years. They are an integral part of the traditional culture of many coastal indigenous peoples throughout the world. Marine turtles migrate long distances between their feeding grounds and nesting sites.