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World Turtle Day is celebrated every year on May 23 to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises. These creatures are often confused with each other but have important differences and both play crucial roles in our ecosystem.

Differences Between Turtles and Tortoises

  • Habitat: Turtles live in water, while tortoises live on land.
  • Lifespan: Tortoises can live up to 300 years, while turtles usually live around 40 years.

History of World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day was started in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue, an organization that helps tortoises and turtles. The day aims to educate people about these animals and encourage actions to protect them.

Importance of Turtles and Tortoises

Turtles help clean aquatic environments by eating dead fish, while tortoises dig holes that provide homes for other animals. Both are essential for maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

How to Celebrate World Turtle Day

On May 23, you can:

  • Learn more about turtles and tortoises.
  • Support conservation efforts by donating to organizations like American Tortoise Rescue.
  • Participate in local events or spread awareness about the importance of these animals.

By celebrating World Turtle Day, we help protect and preserve these important creatures.

Re-reported from the article originally published in Hindustan Times.

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