Reptile Awareness Day is celebrated annually on October 21 and is an opportunity for people to become aware of the threats facing reptile habitats. Reptiles cannot protect themselves from these threats, so it’s up to people to speak up for them. This is important for humans too, as reptiles can help repel insects and rodents from our homes.
Reptiles have been around for hundreds of millions of years, although it’s impossible to know the exact time. In 1966, the first law was passed to increase awareness of the needs and problems of reptiles. This was followed by the publication of Rachel Carson’s influential book “Silent Spring”, which highlighted the dangers of pesticides and other chemicals on the environment. Today, many species are at risk of extinction due to human activity. It’s important to learn more about this so we can spread the word and help reptiles to survive.
- Reptiles are the descendants of dinosaurs.
- Some snakes have a protective, transparent membrane over their eyes which acts as an eyelid.
- Reptiles that are active during the day have an orange-yellow vision of the world.
- Turtles have a sensitive shell and can feel even the lightest touch.
- Chameleons have incredibly long tongues that can reach up to 50 cm.
- The sex of a reptile’s offspring is determined by the temperature of their environment.
- Turtles can produce a loud, shrill squeak when they are scared.
- Scientists believe that reptiles have a third, hidden eye which helps them better navigate in space.
How to take part
On Reptile Awareness Day, you can visit parks where reptiles are kept to learn how you can help. Alternatively, you could make a donation to a reptile conservation organization. Educating yourself on reptiles is also a great way to help – you’ll be surprised at how interesting and diverse they are.
When is Reptile Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
Reptile Awareness Day is observed on October 21 each year.