Turtle Coloring Pages
Did you know that turtles are even more ancient than alligators, crocodiles, and Komodo dragons, but turtles are still one of the most exotic amphibious reptiles in this world. It is really sad to see their numbers keep decreasing over the years. Both land and sea turtles are getting fewer now day by day. While it's true that they can live until more than a hundred years, sea turtles need a long time to reproduce. Also, even though one sea turtle can deliver over hundred of eggs in one go, most of the baby turtles never make it back to the sea. Some sea birds like seagull will snatch them from the sky before they can swim for the first time.
Still, that's nothing compared to the threat posed by us humans. The main cause of why turtles keep decreasing in numbers is because some greedy humans hunt them excessively. They are hunted for their skin, meat, and shells. Not only that, their eggs are also taken even before they hatch. All of that happens despite their frequent appearance in popular media. The most notable popular characters based on turtles today is likely Leonardo and his brothers as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If only all turtles in the world had super power like those four, they would send all their hunters flying. Anyway, here are some turtle coloring pages to help you teach your kids how important this animal is.
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Turtle Coloring Pages
Fun Facts about Turtles
- Turtles have existed for around 215 million years. The largest turtle is the leatherback sea turtle, it can weigh over 900 kg! (2000 lb).
- These cold-blooded creatures have an incredibly long life span. The oldest ever recorded, named Tu'i Malila, of Tonga Island, passed away at the grand old age of 188! One documented case of longevity also involves an adult Indian Ocean Giant Tortoise that, when captured as an adult, was estimated to be fifty years old. It then lived another 152 years in captivity.
- Turtles have good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell. Hearing and sense of touch are both good and even the shell contains nerve endings. Yes, just like your bones, a turtle’s shell is actually part of its skeleton. It’s made up of over 50 bones which include the turtle’s rib cage and spine.
- In some species of turtle the temperature determines if the egg will develop into a male or female, lower temperatures lead to a male while higher temperatures lead to a female.
- Some aquatic turtles can absorb oxygen through the skin on their neck and cloacal areas allowing them to remain submerged underwater for extended periods of time and enabling them to hibernate underwater.
- What a turtle eats depends on the environment it lives in. Land-dwelling turtles will munch on beetles, fruit and grass, whereas sea dwellers will gobble everything from algae to squid and jellyfish.
- Sadly, many species of turtle are endangered! 129 of approximately 300 species of turtle and tortoise on Earth today are either vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered, according to the IUCN. Threats include loss of habitat, poaching and the illegal pet trade.
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