lachryphagy is the term used to describe the behaviour of tear drinking in nature, typically in environments - like the purvian amazon shown here - where sodium and other micronutrients are hard to find.
bees and butterflies need sodium for egg production and metabolic purposes, but their diets of nectar are low in salt. so the orange julia and sulfur yellow butterflies you see here turn to the salty tears of often stationary turtles and caiman.
and though the caiman and turtles seem to receive no reciprocal benefit from the interaction, they’re apparently happy enough to just help out. (x, x, x, x, x, x)
Are you shellebrating World Turtle Day? The yearly event aims to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises, along with the harmful impact human action can have on them. We have many resources on turtles, including some of the following sources of these wonderful turtle images:
1, 3: Naturgeschichte der Schildköten. Full title, D. Johann David Schöpfs königl. Preuss. hofraths … Naturgeschichte der Schildkröten : mit Abbildungen erläutert. (1792) by Johann David
2. North American herpetology.Full title, North American herpetology, or, A description of the reptiles inhabiting the United States, v.1 (1836) by John Edwards Holbrook.
4.Reptiles and birds. Full title,
Reptiles and birds. A popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting. (1873) by Louis Figuier.
5. Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs. Full title,
Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs : darinn die merkwürdigsten und nüzlichsten Thiere in systematischer Ordnung beschrieben und alle Geschlechter in Abbildungen nach der Natur vorgestellet werden, bd. 4(1788) by Georg Heinrich Borowski.
6. Thesaurus rerum naturalium. Full title, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam : opus, cui, in hoc rerum genere, nullum par exstitit.
(1734) by Albertus Seba.
More excellent scientific illustrations of turtles in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Flickr album, Turtles!
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Turtles can breathe
through their butts and
pee through their mouths. SourceSource 2
Happy World Turtle Day!
Turtle habitats are rapidly disappearing, and both turtles and tortoises are endangered due to many global threats. World Turtle Day was founded to spread awareness and encourage learning about how to help protect these animals and help them thrive.
They are adorable, after all.
I mean, how many other animals do you know that can grow a green mohawk?
Because not every turtle wants to cosplay as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Some of them would much rather be Great A’Tuin, created by Terry Pratchett. Great A’Tuin is the gigantic turtle (Chelys galactica) flying through space, on whom the four World Elephants stand, supporting the Discworld, where all of Pratchett’s stories take place.
I had three slider turtles surrendered today - three. Two are babies, like the little one shown up top. Yes, they were each surrendered in one of those. One is an adult female, pictured below with the turtle “habitat” on her back for comparison. All are in neglected condition with poor shell health.
This is what you need to understand when getting a turtle. 1. The little baby turtles sold on the beach, the fair, at flea markets, in little hole-in-the-wall shops? Are illegal. Turtles under 4″ in general are not being legally sold. This has been a federal law since about the mid-70′s due to salmonella outbreaks linked to the turtles (google it if you don’t believe me). Anyplace selling these turtles for any reason other that research or education is doing so illegally and, if they come in a little “habitat” like the one shown here, unscrupulously. 2. Turtles can not survive in tiny critter keepers. They should live 30+ years but most will only make it a few months in such containers. Why? Well: 3. Turtles need 5-10g of water (not tank, water) per inch of shell length to keep clean and happy. What’s more, they need: 4. Heat and UVB to digest, absorb calcium, and grow. Both of the tiny turtles we got in today have severely soft shells from calcium deficiency, and one has a mild respiratory infection from inadequate heat. 5. They also need filtration to help keep clean, or they can develop shell rot, bacterial infections, eye infections, etc. Even with a filter, expect large WEEKLY water changes. 6. A dry area to get totally out of the water to bask. Lacking a basking spot can lead to shell rot, which can go bone deep and be lethal. 7. A nutritious, fortified diet, PLUS fresh foods. Baby turtles need plenty of protein items while adult (sliders) will need a good portion of their diet to be vegetation. Those crappy oversized pellets baby turtles are sold with are not complete nutrition in and of themselves. 8. Finally, turtles need educated owners committed to a high-maintenance, long lived, LARGE pet with significant space requirements. Slider turtles and cooters, the most common species sold in those horrid little boxes, can grow to over a foot in length. The big girl pictured could still easily put on another 5″ or more in size and will need to live in a good hundred gallon tank (at least) to be happy and healthy.
Don’t be an impulsive, uneducated, crummy pet owner. Only get a turtle if you’re ready to provide everything - I mean everything - they need to grow, survive, and thrive.
And yes, the turtles pictured are now all living in spacious, filtered, heated, UVB’d environments to recover from their negligent care.
Japanese railroad companies recently
installed a wonderful way to keep turtles safe when they try to cross
their train tracks – a turtle tunnel that passes under the tracks.
When crossing tracks, turtles can get
crushed by trains or get stuck in track switches, causing delays. These
tunnels solve problems for humans and turtles alike! They were developed
in a partnership between Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe and the West Japan