NATIONAL REPTILE AWARENESS DAY
Each year on October 21, people across the nation observe National Reptile Awareness Day. Created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing.
A reptile is any amniote that is neither a mammal nor a bird, is cold-blooded, has scales or scutes and can lay eggs on land. Scutes are the thick bony or horny plates which form the dermal layer of such reptiles like turtles and crocodiles.
There are more than 10,000 species of reptiles.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take some time to visit the zoo to see some reptiles or do some research on them. Before you go write down how many different species by name you might see, and check them off your list while visiting. Also, you can use the hashtag #ReptileAwarenessDay to post on social media all about your visit to the zoo.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Reptile Awareness Day.
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