Reptile Awareness Day is celebrated annually on October 21 and raises people’s awareness of the threats to the natural habitat of reptiles. Reptiles cannot influence this on their own; only people can stand up for them. Their disappearance will not have the best effect on humanity: for example, snakes help deter insects and rodents that want to build nests in your home.
Reptiles arose hundreds of millions of years ago – no one will know the exact time. In 1966, the first law was passed, which made people aware of the needs and problems of reptiles. From that moment, movements dealing with topical issues were formed. This was facilitated by Rachel Carson’s sensational book “Silent Spring”, which described the adverse effects of pesticides and other chemicals on the environment.
Today, for various reasons, many species are on the verge of extinction. The blame falls more on humanity, so it is important to study modern literature and understand what we are doing wrong. Even better is to tell others about it so that everyone contributes for the continued existence of reptiles.
- it turns out that the descendants of dinosaurs are birds;
- some snakes have a protective transparent membrane on their eyes, which serves as an eyelid;
- reptiles, which are more active during daylight hours, perceive the world in an orange-yellow hue;
- the shell of turtles is sensitive: even light touches are felt;
- the tongue of a chameleon is very long, it can reach 50 cm;
- the sex of the cubs in the eggs is determined by the temperature regime;
- turtles are frightened and at the same time can reproduce a loud squeak;
- scientists say that reptiles have a third eye hidden under the skin – it allows you to better navigate in space.
How to celebrate
On holiday, you can visit parks where reptiles are kept. Ask how you can help. Make a donation to an organization to support reptiles. Learn about them from a scientific point of view – you have no idea how many interesting things lie in the creatures.
When is Reptile Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?
Reptile Awareness Day is observed on October 21 each year.