National Reptile Awareness Day is an annual observance celebrated on October 21st of every year. Reptiles are the four-limbed vertebrates that can be seen in many places. It is neither a mammal nor a bird. Reptiles include turtles, crocodilians, frogs, snakes, amphisbaenians, lizards, tuatara, and their family. National Reptile Awareness Day celebrates, promotes awareness about the threats and the need for conservation of the reptiles.
“I have dogs, and it’s no secret that I find reptiles interesting, but the thing about reptiles is that they really just wanna be left alone, and I understand them. It’s, ‘Don’t pick me up, stop holding me, don’t look at me, just leave me alone.’ I have to admit, sometimes I feel like that.” – Nicolas Cage
History of National Reptile Awareness Day
The history and origin of this day are not known. The reptile enthusiasts might have created it to change the image of these tetrapods. It is an awareness day that is aimed at promoting knowledge about different types of reptiles, their natural habitats, and the ecological threats faced by them. A reptile is any amniote that doesn’t belong to a mammal or a bird family. These reptiles fall into the class of vertebrates. They are usually cold-blooded, have scales or scutes that lay eggs on the land. The reptiles play a significant role in maintaining ecological balance.
The study of these traditional reptile orders when combined historically with that of modern amphibians is called herpetology. It wasn’t until at the beginning of the 19th century that it became apparent that the reptiles and amphibians are quite, in fact, different animals. There are many reptiles in the world that are nearing their extinction. The reason for it includes human predation of their eggs and destruction of their habitats. It is a great day to educate, bring in some form of awareness among the people on how to protect them.
Other Celebrations on October 21
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How to Celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day
The best way to celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day is to raise awareness about reptiles and their nature. Educate people and children around you to know about their importance in the ecosystem. Take your kids to the nearest zoo and let them see those unseen varieties. Indulge yourself in learning and find out more about the reptiles. Volunteer yourself in saving them from further extinction. Share your awareness day observations on social media using the hashtag #ReptileAwarenessDay.
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