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Turtles are divided into two groups, according to how they evolved a solution to the problem of withdrawing their necks into their shells. Turtles lay eggs, like other reptiles, which are slightly soft and leathery.

Turtles and Tortoises

Turtles and tortoises are reptiles.

Turtle Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines

Other Names: Tortoises,

Turtle in Foreign Languages:

Albanian: breshkë
Azeri: tisbaga
Basque: dortoka
Belarusian: carapáxa
Bengali: kachim
Breton: baot / baoted / baot douar / baot vor
Bulgarian: kostenúrka
Burmese: lei
Catalan: tortuga
Chamicuro: majpolo
Chinese: Mandarin: gui / wugui / wángba / bie Cree: miskinâhk
Czech: želva
Danish: skildpadde
Darkinjung: kutumung
Dutch: schildpad
Esperanto: testudo
Estonian: kilpkonn
Fijian: vonu
Finnish: kilpikonna
French: tortue
Galician: tartaruga / sapoconcho
Georgian: zrvis ku
German: Schildkröte
Greek: nerochelóna / chelóna
Gullah: cootuh
Haitian Creole: tňti
Hawaiian: honu
Hebrew: tzav
Hindi: kachu'a
Hopi: yöngösona
Hungarian: teknosbéka / teknos
Indonesian: kura-kura / penyu
Irish: turtar
Italian: tartaruga
Japanese: kame / umigáme
Korean: geobuk / padageobuk
Kyrgyz: tašbaka
Lao: tao
Latgalian: brunisrupucs
Latin: testudo
Latvian: brunurupucis
Lithuanian: vežlys
Luxembourgish: Deckelsmouk / Schildkröt Macedonian: žélka
Malay: penyu / kura-kura
Maori: honu
Nahuatl: ayotl
Navajo: ch'ééh digháhii / tsisteel
Nynorsk: skjelpadde
Pali: kacchapa
Persian: lâk-pošt
Polish: zólw
Portuguese: tartaruga
Rapanui: honu
Russian: cerepáxa
Scottish Gaelic: crůban-coille / sligeanach
Roman: kornjaca
Slovak: korytnacka
Slovene: želva
Spanish: tortuga / peta
Swahili: kobe
Swedish: sköldpadda
Tagalog: pagongpawikan
Tajik: sangpušt
Tamil: amai
Telugu: tabelu
Thai: tŕň
Tswana: khudu
Turkish: kaplumbaga / tosbaga
Turkmen: pysbaga
Ukrainian: cerepáxa
Uzbek: musicha / toshbaqa
Vietnamese: růa
Welsh: crwban
West Frisian: skylpod
Wolof: mbonnat mi
Yiddish: tsherepakhe


Conservation Status:
Some species are Endangered or Vulnerable

Size: Turtles and tortoises come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The smallest turtle is the bog turtle measuring only 3 to 4.5 inches in length. The largest turtle is leatherback turtle weighin gup to 1800 lbs and measuring up to 8 feet long. The lightest turtle is the Cape tortois weighing only 5 ounces.

Senses: Turtles have good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell. A turtle's hearing and sense of touch are both good and they even have nerve endings in their shell.

Habitat: Turtles and tortoises are found on all continents except Antarctica. Turtles primarily inhabit temperate and tropical regions. Turtles are found in oceans, swamps, freshwater lakes, ponds, streams, deserts, forests, and grasslands.

Description: Turtles are characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell.

Diet: Many turtles are herbivores. They graze on grass or browse on the leaves of bushes and shrubs within their reach, some turtles will also eat fruits. Some aquatic turtles eat aquatic plants, while other aquatic turtles like snapping turtle are predators and prey on waterfowl or other marine life.

Incubation: Turtle eggs will incubate for 2 months to 1 year depending on the species.

Did You Know?

The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 different bones all connected together

Birth: Even aquatic turtles lay eggs on land. Turtles will bury their eggs in soil, sand, or vegetation.

Sexually Mature: Turtles sexually mature between the ages of 5 to 25 years depending on the species.

Life Span: Land tortoises live up to 150 years, while aquatic turtles live up to 70 years.

Did You Know?

Turtles and tortoises don’t have teeth. Instead, their mouths have a hard, sharpened edge that they use to bite with, kind of like a bird’s beak.

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