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Promoting Public Awareness Of Wildlife Habitats Through Environmental Education

Fun Facts

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Some turtles can live to be over 100 years old!

Antarctica is the only continent where turtles have never been seen in the wild.

The shell of a turtle grows with the turtle; they don’t have to go find a bigger shell when they grow.

A turtle’s shell is attached to its spine; turtles can feel pain through their shell.

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The painted turtle is the only species of turtle that is not at risk in Ontario.

There are 250 species of turtles!

Turtles do not have ears to hear; they only feel vibrations.

Turtles have a great sense of smell and eyesight.

Turtles were around back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

 

Turtles are cold-blooded; they absorb heat from the sun.

All turtles lay their eggs on land.

A group of turtles is called a bale.

Aquatic turtles must be in the water to eat.

Not all turtles hibernate.

Some land turtles can outrun humans!

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Turtles cannot stick out their tongue.

Some turtles have hinges on their shells and can close up like a box.

Turtles are born with an egg tooth that helps them break out of their shell, but they later lose it.

Baby turtles circle their nest once after hatching, before heading to the water.

Female turtles mate with several males and store the sperm inside them; a single nest may have babies from various fathers.