Turtles and tortoises are reptiles.
Other Names: Tortoises,
Turtle in Foreign Languages:
Breton: baot / baoted / baot douar
/ baot vor
Chinese: Mandarin: gui / wugui
/ wángba / bie Cree: miskinâhk
Galician: tartaruga / sapoconcho
Georgian: zrvis ku
Greek: nerochelóna / chelóna
Haitian Creole: tňti
Hungarian: teknosbéka / teknos
Indonesian: kura-kura / penyu
Japanese: kame / umigáme
Korean: geobuk / padageobuk
Luxembourgish: Deckelsmouk / Schildkröt
Malay: penyu / kura-kura
Navajo: ch'ééh digháhii / tsisteel
Scottish Gaelic: crůban-coille
Spanish: tortuga / peta
Turkish: kaplumbaga / tosbaga
Uzbek: musicha / toshbaqa
West Frisian: skylpod
Wolof: mbonnat mi
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
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
Did You Know?
Turtles and tortoises dont have teeth.
Instead, their mouths have a hard, sharpened
edge that they use to bite with, kind
of like a birds beak.