It's World Turtle Day, an annual event on May 23 that was started by the American Tortoise Rescue with the goal of putting a spotlight on the care, conservation and awareness of these amazing creatures.
Not only do they come in various shapes and sizes, but they are the oldest living reptiles in existence, having roamed the Earth for between 200 to 300 million years.
It's estimated that there are approximately 300 different species in existence today, spending their time on land, in freshwater and in the ocean.
Some, such as Blanding's turtles, are on Illinois' state endangered list. Currently, the District is part of the regional Blanding's Turtle Recovery Program to help save them.
If you've ever set foot in one of the District's preserves, odds are you've seen a turtle or two, whether it was in the water, catching some sun on a log or slowly crossing a path.
Here's a glance at a number of species that can be found out in the wild in Will County.