#shellebrate! It’s the 17th annual #WORLDTURTLEDAY! Party time! *BYO noms! 

This year we have asked turtle and tortoise experts around the internet to tell us what they wish more people knew about turtles and tortoises. We’ll be sharing several of these today, along with conservation tips, organizations and individuals doing awesome things, and of course, we’re excited to see how all of our shell friends are celebrating! 

Nobody likes a deadline so our party will continue all week long, but today we’ll give you some extra posts in honor of this #shellebration. So check in a few times today and remember to give a tort a dandie, a turt a wormie, and be sure there are head skritches all around. 

About World Turtle Day:

World turtle day was started in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, The day was created by ATR to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Now celebrated around the globe, turtle and tortoise lovers are taking “shellfies” and holding “shellebrations” in the US, Canada, Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK and many other countries.

ATR launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world.  

(See slide show here.)

ATR’s ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world. The first priority here in the U.S. is to ask pet stores and reptile shows to stop the sale of hatchling tortoises and turtles without proper information for the buyer.

Learn more and support the American Tortoise Rescue here! 

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