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Zoo Med's NEW Crested Gecko Formula.
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We’re a little shell-shocked that it’s already day 5 of ITTW! We’ve covered a lot this week about how to help turtles and tortoises of the world. If you’re impressively enamored by chelonians by now, and you’re thinking you want to show your support by purchasing some turtle/tortoise themed products, BUY SELECTIVELY! Don’t buy products made from turtles or tortoises (this includes medicines, jewelry, accessories, etc.). Buy sustainably harvested products (palm oil and seafood). Buy captive bred pets or even adopt from a local turtle and tortoise club! All these actions will help the turtles and tortoises of the world and ensure a bright future looking forward.
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Today we’ll be talking about how YOU can help turtles and tortoises by making the world more “turtle friendly”.
Make the world turtle friendly by helping turtles cross the road! If you see a turtle crossing the road, carry it across in the direction it was going. If it’s a Snapping Turtle, avoid picking it up, as they have a serious bite and a long neck that is able to reach around most of its body. Instead, gently nudge a Snapping Turtle across the street with a stick. If the turtle is in a safe place and is not on its back, there is no need to disturb it. However, if it's in the middle of the road, helping it cross can prevent it from being hurt by a car.
Building a turtle sanctuary in your yard is a great way to make the world more turtle friendly! For North American Box Turtles, habitat loss/fragmentation due to suburbanization separates wild turtles from each other so that they don’t cross paths often enough to reproduce. You can build a turtle sanctuary in your yard by:
1. Planting their favorite fruits and vegetables (such as apples, collard greens, melons, dandelion greens, blackberries, and huckleberries).
2. Leaving areas of leaf litter and brush piles for Box Turtles allow for security from predators and foraging opportunities for insects.
3. Provide a moist place for turtles to refuge to during hot parts of the day.
4. Provide a large sunny area. Box Turtles like to lay their eggs in sunny spots.
5. Survey your lawn before mowing to avoid harm to hiding turtles.
More info: https://www.bbg.org/gardening/article/box_turtles
Another way to make the world more turtle friendly is by becoming a citizen scientist! Reporting any turtle sightings to ecologists will help track their populations. Learn how to identify nesting areas and avoid them to prevent disturbing turtles/eggs. Lastly turn off beach lights. This is important for Sea Turtles because after they lay their eggs on the beach, they use the light of the moon to guide themselves back to the ocean. Turning on beach lights can confuse Sea Turtles into thinking the ocean is the wrong direction, so use them sparingly to avoid getting them lost.
In 1968, Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum wrote: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” This statement holds true today and highlights the importance of education and sharing information. Educating people about the wonderful world of turtles and tortoises can only help these animals in their fight for survival.
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It’s day 3 of International Turtle and Tortoise Week, and we can’t stop talking about how much we care for these animals! Helping turtles and tortoises is as easy as telling people about them! Say it loud, say it proud, and get creative with it! Telling tales touching on Turtles and Tortoises is a tremendous tool to treat their troubles! The more people that learn how awesome chelonians are, the better.

Getting educated about turtles and tortoises is a good step towards saving them. There are many outlets to learn more about chelonians. The first step is finding and ‘Like’-ing social media pages of trusted conservation groups. These pages post information about species that are in trouble and what they’re doing/what you can do to help. By liking their pages and sharing the content, you’re getting the word out that chelonians are in trouble! Next, you can join your local Turtle and Tortoise Club, attend a Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) conference, and get involved with a community of turtle and tortoise enthusiasts! Getting social and telling your friends how cool turtles and tortoises are is a great way to spread the word and help more people realize their plight.
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It’s day 2 of ITTW, and today we’ll be talking about how you can help turtles and tortoises by CLEANING UP. How would you feel if every day some stranger dumped all their trash into your house and you couldn’t remove it? That would be awful, but for many turtles and tortoises, this is a reality. They are plagued with our trash and they are seeing serious adverse effects from it. We can help our shelled friends by volunteering to clean up their homes. Turtles and tortoises live in a variety of environments, so participating in a Beach cleanup, cleaning a local stream, pond, desert, park, etc. will be helping turtles and tortoises live a better life! A wise fish once said, “All drains lead to the ocean” (that wise fish was Gill from Finding Nemo) which means that trash moves around and can end up in turtle habitats from far away. Say no to plastic straws, reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles, recycle, and be mindful of your waste.
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ITTW is finally here! We are so excited to explore the wonderful world of Chelonians all this week and learn what it is that makes these creatures so special.
The first way YOU can help Turtles and Tortoises is by SUPPORTING conservation organizations that work tirelessly to save endangered species. Organizations like the TURTLE and TORTOISE PRESERVATION GROUP (TTPG), Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), Turtle Conservancy (TC), theTurtleRoom.com, and Zoos all play huge roles in ensuring a future for chelonians. By supporting these groups with monetary donations, volunteering at their events, or even becoming a member you are directly impacting the future of our shelled friends. When something as easy and fun as a zoo trip can help fund conservation efforts for turtles and tortoises, there’s no reason not to help!
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For all you Turtle and Tortoise enthusiasts out there, we are 24 days away from the start of International Turtle and Tortoise Week™!!! To make this year's ITTW bigger and better than ever, Zoo Med and the TURTLE and TORTOISE PRESERVATION GROUP are giving away FREE stuff!

Free thing #1 is for all those teachers out there. If you teach a class, scout group, aquarium club, after school program, 4H club, or other organization, we'd like to give you our Turtle and Tortoise Learning Package..for FREE! It includes a Turtle and Tortoise Lesson Plan, engaging puzzles, games, and craft activities and all you have to do to receive it is follow this link: http://links.zoomed.com/ittw

Free thing #2 is for EVERYONE and anyone that loves turtles and tortoises! Show us your turtle and tortoise love via any media your heart desires (pictures, stories, baked goods, etc.) and we'll send you a prize! Stay tuned for details about the contest including the GRAND prize for our favorite entry.
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Our hearts have a soft spot for this soft shell. ❤️️
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Check out our display tank from NARBC Arlington last weekend!
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Happy Valentine's Day!
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