National Reptile Awareness Day
If it’s October 21st, then it’s time to show the reptiles in your life a little bit of the attention they deserve. That’s because this day is a holiday known as National Reptile Awareness Day. It’s also a day that’s designed to promote education about these creatures and to support their conservation. So regardless of whether you own a reptile or are just a big fan of them, you might want to take a few minutes out of your day to celebrate this holiday.
Interesting Facts About Reptiles
Since the whole purpose of this holiday is to spread information about reptiles, we thought that we’d get the ball rolling by talking about some of the interesting facts we’ve learned about reptiles. The following facts are sure to interest anyone even marginally interested in these amazing creatures.
- Lizards don’t feel “cold” like mammals do, but their movement is slowed down when they’re cold.
- Scientists have found reptile remains going back over 310+ million years.
- A crocodile can survive on 10% of the food that a lion needs a day to survive.
- Crocodiles can survive temporary food shortages that would kill other types of animals.
- All reptiles breathe using their lungs.
- Both crocodiles and constrictors can live for several months on a single meal—if it’s large enough.
- The Galapagos turtle can store 20% of its body weight in its bladder.
- The younger a reptile is, the more skin it sheds.
- Scientists estimate that there are over 10,000+ species of reptiles in the world.
- Reptiles do not have sweat glands.
- Vipers and rattlesnakes don’t lay eggs but instead, give birth to live young.
- Anacondas also give birth to live young.
- Reptiles are the longest-lived animals on the planet.
- Reptiles can be found on every continent except for Antarctica.
- American alligators live in the southeastern part of the United States.
- Chinese Alligators live in the Yangtze River Valley.
- There are more Chinese alligators in captivity than living in the wild.
- The gender of baby alligators is determined by temperature.
- If an alligator lays eggs when the temperature is 86-degrees Fahrenheit, it will become female. If the temperature is above 93-degrees Fahrenheit, then it will become male.
- Most reptiles are carnivores.
- There are 500 species of venomous snakes. Only about 40 of them are harmful to humans, however.
Observing National Reptile Awareness Day
Anyone wishing to observe this holiday merely has to make an effort to educate themselves about reptiles. They can do this by reading a book, watching a documentary, or visiting a local zoo. It’s also a good day to donate to one of the animal conservation groups that are dealing with the problem of falling reptile populations. While you’re observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalReptileAwarenessDay to spread the word about it on your social media accounts. Let everyone know about this holiday and spread the word about it far and wide.