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Every year on October 21, reptile enthusiasts celebrate Reptile Awareness Day. This day is intended to promote education for the conservation and assessment of reptiles, to learn about their natural habitats, their contribution to the environment and the factors that threaten them.
This day was created not only for reptile enthusiasts who already know reptiles, but also those who are ignorant, afraid of reptiles and think that everyone of them is dangerous and venomous. Many snakes are killed every year by people who thought they were poisonous. For example, snakes of the Coluber species that are common in populated areas are mistakenly identified as a viper and many times when people encounter them, they kill them.
|In the picture: Platyceps Najadum, non-venomous snake that is not dangerous to human.|
Reptiles are a group of cold-blooded animals with nearly 10,000 known species.
What characterizes reptiles is that they are not mammals, not birds, they have cold blood, scales or shells and they bring offspring to the world by laying eggs.
Among the reptiles can be found turtles, snakes, lizards, crocodiles and more.
Reptiles are called reptology. No, the snails are not reptiles, they belong to the molluscs department, to Subdivision of cochlear.
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The International Sloth Day is celebrated not in honor of the lazy persons in this world, but in honor of the monkey-like mammals, called sloths, living on trees in the forests of South America.
International Sloth Day was created in 2010 by AIUNAU, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to protect all forms of wildlife. The AIUNAU members in Colombia have been working for the sloth of 1996. They were appalled at how many sloths are killed every year by cars or power lines, and how many were taken to be sold as pets.
After saving the sloths, they feed them and take care of their recovery, and then release them to nature, to the forests to which they belong.
The sloths are cute creatures, quiet and shy, especially large and with slow movements (hence their name).
Because they crawl slowly on the ground, they spend a lot of time on the trees to protect themselves from animals that might devour them like jaguars, anaconda, and birds of prey like the harpy eagle.
When they feel threatened, they can move at a high speed of 4.5 meters per minute, but most of the time they barely move.
They sleep on the tree hanging upside down and there they eat and mate. They only get out of the tree once every few days, to poo and pee.
The sloths eat mostly leaves and bark, and sometimes small lizards and insects. They get the fluids they need from the fruits and leaves they eat, and seldom get off the trees to look for water. And it's not that they can not swim-on the contrary, they swim very well, they're just... being lazy to do it.
The sloths are not particularly social creatures. Most of the year they live alone, far apart.
The pregnancy of a sloth lasts about 5 months and the pup that is born depends on it for several weeks.
How to Celebrate International Sloth Day?
One option, if you're not lazy, is to go to a zoo and see them there. The second option is to get inspiration from the sloths and sleep 15 hours a day.
Each year on October 8, people everywhere pay tribute to one of the most unique creatures that inhabit our planet – the octopus:
The date October 8 was chosen to celebrate the Octopus day because the octopus has eight arms. It is clear why the eighth day in Octoberwas chosen. October was chosen because "Octo" means eight in Latin, and October was the eighth month in ancient Roman calendar.
On the occasion of Octopus Day, here are some facts compiled to better acquaint you with this remarkable resident of the oceans.
Octopuses (not "octopi", which is considered grammatically incorrect) have three hearts.
Octopuses are among the earliest living creatures known to have occupied our planet. Fossils of their ancestors dating back to almost 300 million years ago have been discovered, implying that they preceded the earliest dinosaurs.
The size of a new born octopus is about the same as that of a flea.
Octopuses are very intelligent. Having about 500 million neurons distributed in their brains and arms, they can perform activities beyond instinctive reactions. They can plan, draw conclusions and solve problems.
Octopus wrestling competitions became a popular American West Coast sport in the nineteen-sixties. Such performances were carried out by human divers who grappled with octopuses in shallow waters in an attempt to drag them out to the shore.
People in Korea eat live octopuses.
|Picture showing divers holding their catch, a giant Pacific octopus that they had dragged out of thewater in the 1963 World Octopus Wrestling Championships|
Laboratory experiments on vertebrates without using anesthesia is prohibited by law in many countries. This is especially true for octopuses, due to their high intelligence that is assumed to aggravate their agony.
The word "octopus" implies that it has eight legs. Actually it has six arms and two legs.
The International Raccoon Appreciation Day is a holiday in honor of the cute raccoons, which are considered by many to be harmful or annoying, but are actually an important part of our ecosystem.
The raccoon lives mainly in North America and Europe. In the US many of them can be found in urban areas.
Raccoon Appreciation Day is designed to teach us about the benefits that raccoons bring to the ecosystem and how they are beneficial to the environment: they help maintain cleanliness because they eat carrion, they prevent the culture of harmful animals by eating them, they scatter seeds of nuts and fruits as they eat and thus spread them .
The idea to create a special day in honor of the raccoons was proposed by a girl from California in 2002. She saw that although many refer to raccoons as a nuisance, there are also those who love them and want to keep them. In the United States even raccoons are allowed to be kept as pets and many people adopt them. She decided to create this day to show the positive sides that raccoons have and the role they play in the ecosystem. At first the day was celebrated only in the United States and in the following years the idea was adopted by more countries in the world and it became International Raccoon Evaluation Day.
Raccoons live in a diverse climate, and in rural, urban and suburban areas. Despite the loss of their habitats in the wild, their population continued to grow in North America.
Six species of raccoons live in North and South America. The Common Raccoon is the most common species of raccoon in North America. Other raccoons live in the more southern regions such as the Crab-eating raccoon that lives in Central and South America, and the pygmy raccoon (Cozumel raccoon) that lives only on the island of Cozumel west of the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The pygmy raccoon is in serious danger of extinction in the wild because of all sorts of human developments that have increased tourism and thus reduced its habitats and also because of illegal hunting.
Raccoons are omnivores that eat both animals and plants. Among their foods are turtles, snails, worms, rabbits, waterfowl, frogs, nesting birds, eggs, mollusks, compost, grains, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables. On the one hand they help get rid of garbage and on the other hand they also steal pet food in residential areas.
Raccoons have many receptors on their hands that allow them to identify their food through the sense of touch without seeing it and also to find food in streams. When they wash their hands before eating, the water stimulates the nerve endings in them and they feel better about their food. This is why the raccoon is also called a "washing bear". Even when the raccoons are eating, they are constantly busy holding and feeling their food.
The black "mask" around their eyes is known to help them see better because it absorbs light and reduces glare. Raccoons reach a length of 40 to 70 cm and a weight of 4 to 26 kg.
|Raccoon as a pet (source)|
Raccoons tend to live in burrows in trees or caves, but also in barns and abandoned buildings.
Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that sleep during the day, and in the winter months they sleep much longer, although they do not go into hibernation like bears.
The birth period of raccoons is in early summer. Their launch contains one to seven raccoons for pregnancy. They live up to 7-16 weeks with their mothers. At the age of 8 months to a year they become completely independent.
How to celebrate International Raccoon Appreciation Day?
On International Raccoon Day, you will learn about raccoons. You can go visit zoos to see them or even adopt a raccoon as a pet. You can watch movies starring raccoons like Over The Hedge of Dreamworkds or the Japanese movie Pom Poko. You can watch funny movies with raccoons on Youtube. You can draw or color raccoons. You can find a lot of things to do with raccoons this day but the most important thing is that you will appreciate these lovely animals!
The snake is an animal with a bad reputation. Already in Genesis, when he was in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, he tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and pass on the divine law.
|The snake, Eve and the apple|
There is something that makes us fear a snake from earlier eras. This may be it's slow crawl and flick out the tongue looks like he's up to do something poisonous, maybe these horror stories we heard from an early age about snakes biting or choking or it's an evolutionary fear. Whatever the reason, the fact is that most people are afraid of snakes.
Snake Day is a day of dealing with our fears and think about snakes as living creatures on earth, like every other creature.
Snakes have different image in different cultures.
Jewish law and tradition, expressing aversion to snakes. Snake in Judaism is a symbol of cunning and evil. In the ancient Aztec culture, Mesoamerica in 600-900 AD, the Quetzalcoatl, "feathered serpent", was a divine figure.
Even in Hindu Asia, snake or "Naga", considered the spirit of nature. Naga is the protector of springs, wells and rivers and snakes bring rain and fertility.
Nowadays, the snake wrapped around Rod of Asclepius, god of medicine in Greek mythology, is the symbol of medicine.
The snake is an animal who you fear from it and admire it at the same time. Therefore it's justified to give it his special day. If you want to celebrate the day of the snake, you can visit a snake in the zoo and be brave enough to hold a non-poisonous snake.
Did you know that 2013 was the year of the snake in China?