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Pictures of Turtles, Turtle Facts

Pictures of 36 species of tortoises, turtles, and sea turtles that I've taken in the wild and in zoos.

Animal: Turtle

Species: There are 317 species of turtle in the world and 137 subspecies.  Included in some of those species are the Green, Red Ear Slider, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridly, Alligator Snapping, and Box turtle.

Lifespan: Land species usually don't live as long as the aquatic species. A sea turtle can live to be over 150 years old, whereas a land turtle will live anywhere between 10-70 years.

Size & Weight: The largest species of turtle is the Leatherback turtle, which can be as long as 8 ft in length and weigh up to 1,800 lbs! The smallest species is the Bog turtle, which rarely exceeds 5 inches in length.

Habitat: The habitat of turtles depends on which species they are are. Some turtles, such as the Desert Tortois, live in arid climates, wheras Sea turtles are strictly aquatic animals.

Diet: Sea turtles eat a variety of different foods. Some species are entirely vegetarian, meaning they only eat plants. Others eat jellyfish, sea sponges, mollusks, and crustaceans. Land turtles eat herbs, grasses, cacti (if they live int he desert), earthworms, grubs, fruit, insects, mushrooms and flowers.

Family Life: Turtles are solitary creatures. Some species don't even have to mate every season because they are capable of holding a mates sperm for up to five years! Once a turtles eggs hatch the babies are left to fend for themselves.

*Fun Facts*

  • Some turtles clean eachother!
  • The Leatherback turtle has been recorded swimming at speeds of up to 22 MPH!