October 21st National Reptile Awareness Day

It is important that we recognize at least some of the over 100,000 species of reptiles on the earth. Many haven’t changed all that much since life began on the earth. I am not sure if that is good or bad. Personally, I have found that it is particularly vital to be aware of a reptile if it happens to be chasing you!

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Did you know that alligators have been clocked running as fast as 32 miles per hour on land? I found that when being chased by an alligator I can run at least 33 miles per hour! Not that I have been chased all that much but it really only requires once.

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A reptile is determined by being cold blooded, has scales or scutes (heavy plates), and lays eggs on land. Generally, the brighter the color they are, the more dangerous they are, though some blend in well in their environment.

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Speaking of their environments they are being lost at a huge rate daily. It is dangerous for the reptile, but also for us humans as they move in among us to live. Like them or not, they too have a right to live. This world has been created for all living creatures, man, animal and reptile.

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They, unlike we humans, do not destroy the land they live in, kill for no reason at all, and they would prefer to avoid us just as much as we would prefer to avoid them. That is one reason why this Awareness Day is so important. It teaches us about the reptiles, educates us about their conservation, and gives us some sort of appreciation for the creatures we share the earth with.

How to celebrate – If your into it, get a reptile for a pet. Study the reptiles native to your area of the world. Pretend you are a reptile and see how well you could survive for a day.

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