By Courtney Pomeroy

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Testudo offerings: It’s a well-known superstition among students at the University of Maryland, College Park who “Fear the Turtle.”

Before final exams, you’re supposed to leave an “offering” for the bronze terrapin statue that overlooks McKeldin Mall for good luck.

There are several other “Testudos” around the grounds, but the one on the mall is the original.

According to the school’s website, the Class of 1933 bought the statue as its graduation gift to the university. It was stolen by students from rival colleges — namely, Johns Hopkins and the University of Virginia — a few times before officials decided to have it filled with 700 pounds of cement in the 1950s.

When McKeldin Library was built in the 1960s, Testudo was moved to the spot where he has rested ever since. Since McKeldin Mall houses many of the school’s academic buildings, he’s in a prime location for students to get some last-minute luck, either by rubbing his nose or leaving him a gift.

In recent years, Testudo offerings during finals weeks have gotten pretty grandiose.

Here are some from this semester:

Photo credit: Brett Hall

Photo credit: Brett Hall

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