Tag Archive: reptiles & amphibians

Dec 25 2013

Turtle Maze

Turtle Maze

Turtle Maze

Turtles live in all but the coldest climates. Where it freezes for part of the year, turtles hibernate from the first frost until the spring; they may remain inactive for up to 8 months. In warmer climates they are active all year round. There are over 250 turtle species. Turtles live about 20 to 40 years old in the wild, and the oldest recorded turtle lived to be 86 years old. The tortoise, related to the turtle, lives much longer; the oldest verified tortoise died in 2006 and was 175 years old.

  • The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest species of turtle. They can weigh up to 2000 pounds and grow up to 7 feet from nose to tail. They can dive to depths of up to 4200 feet, and stay submerged for about an hour and a half.

  • Like other reptiles, turtles must breathe air to survive. During hibernation they slow down their heart rate and other bodily functions to minimize oxygen use. Settled into the mud at the bottom of a stream bed, a hibernating turtle will use special cells in its tail to take in oxygen.

  • The top shell of a turtle is called a carapace; the bottom one a plastron. Bones join the top shell to the spine of the turtle, and a bony bridge connects the two shells. There are gaps in the bridge for the turtle’s limbs and head to pop out.

  • Most turtles can protect their head by retracting it into their shell and closing the shell in that area as protection. Box turtles can close their shell on all sides.

  • Turtles are cold blooded, just like all reptiles.

  • Turtles first evolved about 220 million years ago, 50 million years before the dinosaurs, and are still here, 65 million years after the dinosaurs disappeared.

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The original artwork was drawn by Rob Hughes on a 7″ x 10″ piece of Canson mix media acid free paper.  Archival inks only were used to draw the maze and the entire artwork.

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Dec 05 2013

Iguana maze

Iguana Maze

         Iguanas are a type of cold-blooded lizard found in much of South America and southern Mexico. Different species of iguana have adapted to different habitats. They also have a wide diversity of pigmentation including pink, green and purple. Following are some interesting facts all pertaining to green iguanas.

  • The green iguana is the most common type in the world. It prefers to live in wet forests; either swampy forests, or forests bordering on lakes or rivers like the Amazon.

  • Iguanas live most of their life 40 or 50 feet above ground in the forest canopy.

  • If one accidentally falls it will likely be uninjured, even from a height of up to 50 feet – whether it lands on the ground or in the water.

  • Iguanas only leave the trees when a female lays her eggs, and as soon as she is done depositing them she’s gone. 4 months later, when they hatch, the babies are on their own!

  • Baby iguanas, at birth about an inch long, look just like miniature adult iguanas. They travel in a family pack of about 10 iguanas while growing up since this will help keep them safe from predators. Once they are about a year old they go their separate ways.

  • A full-grown adult iguana can weigh up to 25 pounds, and measure over 6 feet from head to tail. Wild iguanas live about 8 years, while captive individuals may live up to 20.

  • Iguanas often bask on tree limbs overhanging water. This way they can dive to safety if there is an impending threat such as a bird of prey. If the iguana’s tail is caught in the talons of such a bird, it will break off, and the iguana will grow a new one later.

  • An iguana can stay under water for almost 30 minutes without coming up for air.

If you want to see the solution to the maze, look here.

Download a PDF of the Iguana maze here!

This maze is also available as a greeting card.  You can buy it here.

The original artwork was drawn by Rob Hughes on acid free Canson mix media paper with archival Faber-Castell inks is 7″ x 10″.

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