We asked Dr. David Steen,  @alongsideWild , what the most important thing we turtle and tortoise humans should know and this is what he said. 

What does this mean? With so many species already at risk, the loss of a single turtle or tortoise can cause an EXTREME decrease in the population as a whole.

As @Rymkrs points out, one turtle lost to us is decades of hatchlings that will never be. This is why it’s SO very important we keep wildlife wild, safe, and respected, so turtles and tortoises continue to be among the longest living creatures on our planet.

Dr. David Steen is an Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at Auburn University and according to @Slate the best biologist on Twitter! We agree!  

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWlXtwpp8RI)

Listen to the staff of TheTurtleRoom talk about some of the MOST vulnerable and least researched turtles and tortoises. The Nubian Flapshell Turtle, Flatback Sea Turtle, Aquatic Box turtle aka Terrapin Coahuila, Asian and European Pond turtles,  Marginated, Hingeback, and Forsten’s Tortoises! 

hannah-nikole:

if ur helping a turtle pls make sure it isn’t a snapping turtle because he almost made me PEE myself

You are a #WorldTurtleDay Hero! Glad you still have all your fingers.

Helping turtles and tortoises stay safe from traffic is something we can all do! Keep an eye out while driving, help a shell move out of the road faster. Just remember, always help the turtle or tortoise in the direction they are already heading! If you don’t? They’ll just get right back in the road where you found them. Those shells are on a mission 🙂