There are lots of fun facts in Turtles that may be news to the 3-6 year old who subscribes to Zootles–small children may not know, for example, that turtles can’t crawl out of their shells. But there are plenty of turtle tidbits in this issue that make it interesting and fun for Mom or Dad to read, too.

For starters, the largest turtle on record is the leatherback, and we can pretty much guarantee it is bigger than you. In fact, at 8 feet in length and 2,000 pounds, it’s pretty much bigger than a small car. And if you think all turtles are slow, think again. On level ground, the smooth softshell turtle can run faster than you can. And in the water, the green turtle, on a bad day, is three times faster than Michael Phelps. Feeling left behind?

Maybe you’ve heard that turtles can live a long time–some species up to a 100 years, right? Actually, a Galapagos tortoise named Harriet lived to be 175–an age no human is likely to see. All of which points to the fact that–like the hare in that famous fable–we can’t underestimate the awesomeness of the turtle!

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