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Giant Tortoise Apprehended By Local Police

According to a recent BBC report: "A giant tortoise managed to make it about a mile across a town before being apprehended by police. Titan, who weighs in at a whopping nine stone (60kg), was found in Kesgrave, near Ipswich, on Friday. It took three police officers to lift the wayward pet into a van and drive him home to his worried owner." Now that is one heavy tortoise! 

"Richard Aston said it was a 'mystery' how Titan made it that far as he had not broken through his shelter. 'Maybe he teleported there,' he said. When police called Mr. Aston, he was not at home so had no idea his 35-year-old pet African sulcata tortoise was on the loose. 'There was no sign of the fence being broken, and he can't jump over it - it's three feet high,' he said." How on earth did Titan manage to find his way out of his enclosed area?? All that matters is that now he's safe and sound!

 

12 images of tortoises | thumbnail left police lifting tortoise into car, thumbnail right police lifting tortoise off ground
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Turt-ally Shell-arious Turtle Memes

Let's talk about turtles for a moment. Turtles are one of the oldest living animals on Earth, these beauties date all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs over 200 million years ago! Turtles also have an incredibly long lifespan, according to National Geographic, the oldest turtle ever recorded was named Tu"i Malila and that turtle passed away at the very impressive age of 188! 

Dear turtles, what is your secret for living so long? Sincerely, everyone in the world. It's no secret that turtles are amazing creatures. And it's important to know that these beautiful animals, regardless of how long they CAN live, are also on the endangered list. There are approximately 129 of 300 species of turtle and tortoise on Earth currently. Of those numbers, they are either vulnerable, endangered, or even critically endangered. Why? Loss of habitat, poaching, and illegal pet trade. And while these are the main reasons listed by the IUCN, we're sure all that plastic waste in our oceans isn't helping them out either. 

Let's take care of these incredible old reptiles. And let's begin by celebrating their awesomeness with a meme's list purely dedicated to them! 

thumbnail of smiling turtle "me seeing my fav person for the 1st time" "me seeing my fav person for the 6385th time"
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Ten-Foot-Long 'Dinosaur' Shows Up At Student's Backyard

If a ten-foot-long dinosaur-looking creature showed up at your house one day, what would you do? Knowing ourselves, we would probably do exactly what this university student did honestly - pick up our phone and film the whole thing. It is not every day, of course, that one gets to encounter a 'dinosaur'.

Of course, the video of the incident that was posted on TikTok that went viral terrified some people while being very amusing to others, specifically, to Australians. As Daily Mail reports, Isabell Ryan who is 18 and lives near Warrigal, was studying when she noticed the enormous reptile - which is either a lace monitor or a tree goanna - come to her glass door. The video, which you can watch below, went viral, and the response was hilarious. 

story about a huge goanna showing up at someone's backyard and going viral thumbnail includes two pictures of a large reptile standing near a glass window 'Adaptation - I was just at home the other day trying to do some uni work and this thing shows up at my house © sabellryan TIKTOK'
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Imgur User Rescues A Gecko And Shares The Progress

Thank goodness for good people! One kind Imgur user has shared with the popular online community the new rescue that came into their care -- a gecko! A gecko named Haru. 

The Imgur user, Stereotypicallesbianbarista, saw a photo of this poor reptile who had scars and burns, and very evident tail rot and knew immediately they needed to take the poor thing into their care. Thank you so much, Stereotypicallesbianbarista, for caring about this little reptile and taking action to help heal him and give Haru a proper life. The world could use more people like you. 

The commentary below is provided by the original Imgur user:



rescue gecko story - thumbnail includes two images of geckos "Meet Haru. Scars and burns, stuck shed and the very evident tail rot. I had never rescued a reptile before but the moment I saw this picture I knew he couldn't stay one more day there."
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Colorful And Mesmerizing Snakes (16 Pics)

We know snakes aren't people's favorite when it comes to animals, and we get it. They can be quite terrifying to encounter in real life. Yet, as terrifying as they are, that does not mean that they're not beautiful. When we think of the terms "dangerously beautiful" we think of snakes... and sometimes spiders. Their scales can be so exotic and breathtaking, with colors you don't see on other animals. These reptiles are mesmerizing. 

So, try to place the initial fear you may be feeling for these reptiles and let them slither into your heart for just a moment. 

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Tiny Species Of Chameleon Might Be World's Smallest Reptile

Introducing the world's smallest (maybe) reptile, the Brookesia nana! According to National Geographic, this species is likely to be the smallest reptile on Earth! Before the Brookesia nana was discovered, it was believed that another tiny chameleon species, Brookesia micra, was the smallest reptile species on Earth. 

The new Brookesia nana species is roughly about the size of a sunflower seed and can fit on the tip of a finger. This tiny chameleon species from Madagascar may already be facing endangerment. 

While the future of the species is uncertain, due ro the forest being serverly degraded, the good news is that these adorable chameleons have recently been included in a new protected area in Madagascar. 


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17 Hypnotically Colorful And Ridiculously Good Looking Snakes

If you ever were to see one of these snakes in real life, the first instinct would probably be to run away -- and quickly. But if you stopped for a moment longer, you could appreciate just how magnificent their coloring can be. Some of these snakes straight-up just look like dragons. Especially bush vipers that have dragon-like scales and a dragon-shaped head.

Snakes are some of the most misunderstood creatures despite there being lots of snake facts and information available. People seem to have a natural fear and avoidance of snakes, even though some, like the zombie snake, are just big goofy nope-ropes that won't even hurt anyone. 

Snakes in general are fairly common all over the world, as it is believed snakes evolved from burrowing lizards, which were already world-wide. Some snakes are extremely rare, and seeing them is a real treat for enthusiasts. Just be sure to keep a safe distance, and make sure to do that funny dance everyone does if you touch the snake's skin and it grosses you out.

beautiful snakes of the hypnotic and colorful variety
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Many people don't think lizards are cute, but Amun can prove them wrong. He's a 4 year-old leopard gecko who's got the cutest smile ever. He had a hard start in life, but after I rescued him from the horrible sitaution at his petstore, he really came into his own. He is very social, and loves to climb around on our shoulders. I do think his smile has gotten larger since he came home.

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Sometimes a picture turns up that simply demands a caption contest.

Submit your caption of this photo through the weekend and we'll post up some of the best submissions on Monday 2/9!

Make sure you are logged into your profile when submitting so you can get all the glory. Click here to see all of the submissions and up vote your favorites.

Happy captioning!

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