New Jersey Has A State Reptile Now
We know New Jersey has a state bird and a state dinosaur, and now New Jersey has a state reptile.
The New Jersey state reptile was announced yesterday, as Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill yesterday making the bog turtle officially the Garden State's state reptile, according to News 12.
Here are some things you may need to know about the bog turtle. It's an endangered species, and they are really adorable. They are the smallest turtles in the United States, and the largest one ever recorded was only 4.5 inches long, according to endangered.org.
The bog turtle is also one of the the rarest turtles in the U.S. and can be identified by the orange patch on the side of their heads. Check out a picture of one at endangered.org.
Once you learn about these little guys, you're going to want to do whatever you can to help them out. They're endangered and, unfortunately, according to endangered.org, they are a "prized species in many animal black markets".
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