Friday, May 23, 2008

World Turtle day

So mom is making me tell you all today is World Turtle Day. Clyde got a new house this week and mom is so happy with it she is saving up to get Little Dude one.

Here is a list of 12 things you can do for Turtles and Tortoises to help them out. We stole it from

Oh and mom said to point out that for #7 if you are thinking of getting a turtle or tortoise for a pet please make sure you get a captive bred one. Just like a puppy you want to check out your breeder. We have no idea if clyde was wild caught or captive bred as she given to us full grown but little dude was purchased from a breeder and is a captive bred turtle so no more wild turtles were taken for us to own him.
A lovely place to learn more about the care of any turtle you might want to own is ATP. They have care sheets and that is also where you can find a link to the turtle forum that mom spends so much time at.

Twelve Things to Do for Turtles and Tortoises


Turtles and tortoises are the favorite animals of many people. These attractive, often seemingly helpless creatures continue to beat incredible odds to survive in today's world of increasing trade (particularly for the pet industry) and shrinking habitat. Here are some suggestions on how you can help turtles and tortoises in your own neighborhood and around the world:
  1. Help Stop the Asian Turtle Crisis. The majority of Asian turtle populations have been critically diminished by over-collection, particularly for delicacies in restaurants and live animal markets. Dealers are now targeting turtle populations elsewhere, such as in the United States and Europe, to meet the Asian demand. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified this as the "Asian turtle crisis," and it has spearheaded efforts to protect turtles from the trade.
  2. Get Turtles out of U.S. Live Animal Markets. Turtles are among the most popular offerings at live animal markets in the United States. They suffer terrible abuse in filthy, neglectful conditions, and they are slaughtered by being cut apart while conscious. The vast majority of market turtles are taken from the wild, contributing to declining U.S. turtle populations. Tell state wildlife agencies that you're concerned about the increasing collection of wild turtles and tortoises to supply animal markets in the United States and abroad.

    If wildlife is being sold for food in a live animal market in your state, contact your local and state legislators, asking that they ban the practice. You may also find it effective to contact state and local health departments (check the Centers for Disease Control web site for listings), which are responsible for sanitary conditions at live animal markets. Finally, contact state wildlife agencies about the dangers that non-native and diseased market animals may pose to local wildlife if released.

  3. Don't Pollute or Litter. Pollution makes its way into bodies of water and wild areas, poisoning turtles and tortoises and destroying their habitats. Always properly dispose of any hazardous materials such as paint or oil. Garbage, such as plastic bags, kills many pond turtles and sea turtles who either ingest it or become entangled in it. Reduce the amount of garbage you produce and dispose of it properly.

  4. Protect Turtle and Tortoise Habitat. Become active in your local conservation commission or parks and recreation department, and work to preserve turtle habitat.

  5. Stop Turtle and Tortoise Exploitation. Avoid activities such as turtle races. They involve taking turtles out of their natural habitats and exposing them to many dangers, not to mention an enormous amount of stress. Races can harm individual turtles as well as entire local wild populations.

  6. Give Them a Brake. If you see a turtle or tortoise crossing a road, gently pick him up and carry him across in the direction he was headed. (Be watchful for cars in the process.) If the turtle is a large one, or a snapping turtle, use a stick to nudge him gently across the road without getting too close.

  7. Enjoy Turtles and Tortoises in the Wild. Never keep wild turtles or tortoises as pets or buy them from a pet store. The trade in reptiles as pets is responsible for tremendous animal suffering and serious damage to turtle and tortoise populations. Learn to enjoy these animals by observing them in their natural habitat, where they belong. If turtles or tortoises live in your yard, why not keep them happy by building a pond and by landscaping with plants that provide protection and food? Edible plants such as tropical hibiscus, dandelion, geraniums, and Chinese lantern can be quite appetizing. (Make sure that your plants are free of pesticide and herbicide residue.) Piles of leaves, vines, and downed trees make perfect hiding places.

  8. Do Not Disturb. Steer clear of the beach at night during the summer. Your presence will frighten nesting sea turtles back into the sea, preventing them from laying eggs and jeopardizing any eggs they have laid. Click here for information about what to do if you find a sea turtle that you think may be in trouble.

  9. Turn Out the Lights. Do not shine bright lights on the beach at night. Oppose coastal development such as condominiums, houses, resorts, and hotels; they tend to expose beaches to excessive artificial lighting, which discourages female turtles from approaching the beach to lay eggs. The light also draws hatchlings away from the ocean, disorients them, and exposes them to predation and deadly dehydration.

  10. Report Crimes. Tell local authorities if you see any person harassing or poaching a sea turtle, her eggs, hatchlings, or nests -- or those of any other endangered turtles and tortoises. These activities are violations of U.S. state and federal laws.

  11. See What You Can Do. Several groups are involved in research, conservation, and advocacy work to protect turtles and tortoises. Join one of these groups to stay informed. (See the off-site links below for just a few.)

  12. Spread the Word. Educate others about the importance of protecting turtles and tortoises from commercial exploitation and abuse in your community and throughout the world. Be a voice for turtles.


  1. Happy Turtle day!

  2. Yay - happy turtle day. I feel so turtle smart now. And I would never, ever, ever eat a turtle and neither would my Mom!!!

    Lots of Licks, Ruby

  3. Happy Turtle Day, Peanut. And don't worry...there will never be any turtle eating in our house. Promise


  4. A turtle by another name is still a turtle. Doesn't that sound profound? I would not eat a turtle, not here or there, not anywhere.

  5. Hooray for our turtle friends!! (May we suggest that if you are going to help a SNAPPING turtle across a road, you better use a very BIG stick for the gentle nudging!!!)

    respectful wags from the whippets

  6. Happy Turtle Day to you, Peanut!


  7. Happy Turtle Day!
    Thanks for sharing all that info about turtles!
    I am sure I will never eat them!
    Kisses and hugs

  8. Poor turtles, sounds like a tough life for some of them.

    Simba x

  9. We are all turtle lovers over here. Mom used to have a couple when she was a kid (several thousand years ago)

  10. We have lots of turtles that live in our pond - both painters and snappers! If we catch a snapper, we relocate him because they eat our ducks and mom and dad don't like this!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  11. Mom just got the mail and got your great present for her wedding. She was sooo surprised and excited and grateful she was almost crying! THANK YOU so much you are too kind and generous. Mom's sister will be here soon and she wants to go to penzeys so she can really shop and have a GREAT time!? She will do a post on her food blog to show what all she got! Thank you again and again!

  12. Happy Tuwtle day Peanut!
    Thank you fow all the infowmation..Towtoises and tuwtles awe vewy impowtant fow ouw planet and I love them besides....
    have a wondewful weekend
    smoochie kisses

  13. Turtles are amazing creatures and deserve our protection. I don't see much of them around here but if I do, I promise I won't eat it.

    Check out my blog, Peanut and Flash. I have an award for yous!

    Aren't you so excited about the Exchange? Sit tight. It's almost ready.

    xo Chef

  14. Turtle are so cool. We saw one on the road while we were driving around one day and Dad made sure he got across and to a safe place..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus and Louie

  15. Hey Peanut, I've never seen a turtle, but I'm sure they are fabulous guys.

    We did just move last year. Is this not ridiculous?! That was just a temporary place. Now we are in a place that is more of a permanent place ... I hope!


  16. Happy Turtle Day! (Dogmom said to ask you if it's actually Happy Tootle Day, cuz she just read your post about you eating all that turtle food...

    Funny. People always complain when Opie and me have gas, too. Like theirs don't stink?????

    Wuf Ya!
    Gomer & Opie

  17. Happy Turtle Day! (Dogmom said to ask you if it's actually Happy Tootle Day, cuz she just read your post about you eating all that turtle food...

    Funny. People always complain when Opie and me have gas, too. Like theirs don't stink?????

    Wuf Ya!
    Gomer & Opie

  18. Happy belated turtle day! My mom thinks turtles are totally cool. We used to watch them at the park we went to before I got too cranky. This is some good information.


  19. You are a great voice for the turtles!

  20. What I want to know is: When is World Canine Day and how much cake is involved?