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Turtles

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Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield.

Questions = Preguntas

  • What is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Tortoises and turtles are both reptiles, but turtles can swim and tortoises are land dwellers.
  • How is ‘turtle’ translated in other languages? Bonus points for Indigenous languages during the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

World Turtle Day
The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Hashtag: #WorldTurtleDay

Translating: Turtles
Spanish: Tortugas
German: Schildkröten
Italian: Tartarughe

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