We're all interconnected on this planet. I believe it's important to understand what that means and how all life matters. I cherish learning about the life that surrounds me in my own 'backyard'.
Since last week, when I discovered that some turtles hang out in a nearby pond, I became curious about them and started researching to find out more about their habits and habitat. Turtles have graced our planet for more than 200 million years. Amazing...
Some turtles can live up to a year without food! Some can swim 20 miles an hour and on land some could out pace most adults in a run. Desert turtles, however, move only 2 feet a minute! Several species, including the American box turtle, can live over 100 years. Wow....
What are the differences between a turtle and tortoise? Turtles spend most of their time in water and have webbed feet for swimming. A tortoise is a land dweller and doesn't have webbed feet. I'm sure there's a lot more .. just thought I'd quickly share those differences.
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FOR THOSE LIVING IN COLORADO READ HERE
If you have children, read this short article and pass along the info. On second thought, read it yourself even if you don't have kids. I learned something from it. Here's another article if you're thinking of getting a turtle for a pet... please become educated BEFORE you get a turtle. I have more links at the bottom of today's blog.
The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 bones. I took these pics yesterday. I found a bale of five turtles sunning themselves on a log. A bale is what a group of turtles is called. I just learned that ...
The reason they like to be in the sun (I'm sure it's instinct) is that the ultraviolet light helps to kill parasites attached to the turtle’s skin or shell.
Thinking of owning a turtle as a pet? Read up on what's involved to make a good home for a turtle. I lean toward allowing turtles to remain in their natural habitat, but please... if you're going to become a turtle owner and you have children read TEACH YOUR CHILDREN & READ THIS article. Turtles can easily live up to 40 years. You're making a lifetime commitment if you choose to own one. They take an inordinate amount of care. They cannot be released into the wild after they've been raised in captivity!
Think about the turtle... think about what you're doing. It's easy to think short term, but to be just and responsible please understand the full picture.
Read more about endangered turtles and what the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is doing to protect them.
From the WWF website:
Loggerhead turtle is a priority species. WWF treats priority species as one of the most ecologically, economically and/or culturally important species on our planet. And so we are working to ensure such species can live and thrive in their natural habitats. At the WWF website read why the loggerhead turtle is important...
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I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~ Henry Miller
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What greater atrocity is there on this planet than to sell a human life and brutally force him or her into a life in the sex trade or endless labor?
And how dare we abuse, kill and traffic animals in the name of profit... in the name of anything for any reason!