May 23rd is the World Day of Turtles, which has been celebrated since 2000. This particular day aims to draw attention to these inconspicuous creatures that are currently threatened with extinction. The campaign brings information to the people and wants to motivate them to help these reptiles to survive.

Critically endangered turtles

Currently, there are almost 3,000 species of turtles, and more than half of them are at risk of extinction.

1 Assam Roofed Turtle

2 Angonoka Tortoise

3 Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

4 Spiny Turtle

5 Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle

6 Black-breasted Leaf Turtle

7 Euphrates Softshell Turtle

8 Sulawesi Forest Turtle

9 Burmese Peacock Softshell Turtle

10 Western Swamp Turtle

11 Alabama Red-bellied Cooter

12 Mccord’s Snakeneck Turtle

13 Hawksbill Sea Turtle

14 Bostami Turtle

15 Four-eyed Turtle

16 Big-headed Turtle

17 Coahuilan Box Turtle

18 Red-crowned Roofed Turtle

19 Maranhão Slider

20 Japanese Coin Turtle

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Photo credit: Gerald Kuchling, Mehmet Zülfü Yıldız, Mehmet Zülfü Yıldız, leafturtles, Aristoheliam, NPS,, National Geographic