Reptile Awareness Day is celebrated October 21 and gives reptile lovers the world over a chance to celebrate their favorite reptile. It also gives reptile lovers the chance to educate the general population on the importance of reptiles to our environment and alert others to the sobering future and extinction of some reptiles.
The Komodo Dragon is the worlds largest lizard. A male Komodo Dragon lizard will reach a length of about 8 feet and weigh in at about 200 pounds. The female will be slightly smaller. These large lizards live on a series of islands. Of the remaining 5,000 to 6,000 Komodo Dragons that exist in the wild only about 10% are females. The biggest threat to this reptile is the natural occurring volcanic activity. The loss of their natural habitat and poaching are also seen as a threat to this species.
The Cuban Boa is another species that is threatened by extinction. They have poor eye sight and rely on their sense of smell to capture prey which they kill by suffocation. They can reach a length of up to 6 meters and live on average about 20 years. The female Cuban Boa is unusual in that it gives birth to 3 to 5 live young. As with most species that face extinction the Cuban Boa is hunted although fires and other natural occurrences can also diminish their numbers.
The Galapagos Tortoise makes its home on the famous Galapagos Islands. They are large creatures that spend most of their waking hours feeding. Nearly hunted to extinction they are slowly starting to make a comeback as more effort is put into their preservation.
The Culebra Island giant anole is a lizard that may already be extinct in the wild. The last known sighting of this extremely rare reptile was in the 1930’s on the island that bears its name in Puerto Rico. Their feeding habits are not well known but they are thought to eat the fruit from the trees in which they live. As with most species that are in danger of becoming extinct man made pollution and habitat destruction have been key factors.
Reptile Awareness Day provides the perfect opportunity for reptile lovers and others to do something to make sure that the world remains a place where everything can coexist in peace and harmony. Do your part by educating yourself on the many species that are on the verge of extinction. Donate money and time to organizations that work to ensure that everything is being done to ensure the survival of these species. The reptiles of the world thank you.