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They say a tortoise can tell you a lot about a road than a hare can, you know why? Because the tortoise takes its time to take in the view and appreciate the road ahead.They also say that if you get a tortoise now and put it in your will to pass it along for generations to come. It will probably go on for 100+ years, well after you’ve returned to the earth.

This post is basically dedicated to the tortoise and the turtle, simply because the hare always wins and no one has time for the tortoise.

The tortoise and turtle shells are beautiful things that we can all agree on. In fact, I think that they have the most beautiful houses on earth with beautiful patterns and contours.

So what gives anyone the right to kill a tortoise or a turtle for it’s shell?

According to the Convention on International Trade of Wild Species and Fauna and Flora (CITES), a lot of illegal tortoise shell trade is still taking place in many countries. Consequently, this has led to the tortoise and turtles being endangered. People are buying shells to use as decor in their houses or to make other household items and jewelery. I must say, these shells are very beautiful and one would be tempted to do just that.

But just think for a minute!

When you put that shell in your house what message are you sending? Let’s not even go that far, when you buy that shell, what message are you sending? Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Are you encouraging the poachers to keep killing or are you telling them that this must stop! What most people fail to understand is that, if there’s no demand, then there’s no supply; whether it is tortoise shells or rhino horns.

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Why can’t people just let nature be?

P.S tortoise/turtle shell collectors are excused for now.

Here are some fun facts about tortoises.

  1. A group of tortoises is known as a creep.
  2. The tortoise is a turtle but a turtle is not a tortoise.
  3. Tortoises have an exoskeleton and an endoskeleton.
  4. The lighter the tortoise shell the warmer the origin.
  5. Amanda Green
    Tortoises shells are very sensitive to touch.
  6. The ancient Roman military was inspired by tortoises.
    Roman testudo (tortoise) formation.  In Ancient Roman warfare, the testudo or tortoise formation was a formation used commonly by the Roman Legions during battles, particularly sieges. Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise". The Greek term for this formation is "chelone" and during the Byzantine era, it seems to have evolved to what military manuals of the era call the "foulkon".:
    courtesy of popularmechanics.com
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