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Promoting Public Awareness Of Wildlife Habitats Through Environmental Education

Fun Facts

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 turtles shell in attached to its spine; turtles can feel pain through their shell

The painted turtle in 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


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 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.