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All About Turtles
It is funny how we think every reptile that wears a shell on its back is automatically a turtle. This just isn’t so. There are turtles, terrapins and the tortoise For the most part, the tortoise is pretty easy to distinguish from the other two. Tortoises live on land in the warmer parts of the world. They eat mostly plant material like, grasses, weeds, flowers, leafy greens and fruits. Plus, they can reach weights of over 400 pounds (181 kilograms)!
The tortoise has a tremendous lifespan, some can live upwards to 85 years, while the Giant Tortoise has been known to reach over 150 years-old. Like their shelled-cousins, tortoises also dig burrows to lay their eggs in. Once the female covers her eggs up, she is finished with the mothering process and the hatched babies have to fend for themselves.
The mistake most people make when identifying a genuine turtle is confusing it with a terrapin. But its not difficult to do since there are over 300 different species of these shelled reptiles. Let’s look at the difference.
The easiest easy to tell a turtle from a terrapin is to look at its coloring. Terrapins sport either a bright yellow and/or green patterns on their shells and bodies. They can be found in fresh or brackish (partly salted) water (ponds and river beds) and will often leave the water to lounge around on the heat of the rocks. A common example of a terrapin is the Red-Eared Slider and the Slider. You or your kids may even have this type of terrapin as a pet. This is the most common of all the terrapins and is widely used in pet stores and sold for the pet trade.
A great example of a turtle are the sea turtles. These live in the ocean waters and have flippers instead of feet, making them excellent divers and swimmers. Sea turtles only come up on the sandy beach to dig a hole to lay their eggs in. Once the babies hatch, they must find their way back to the ocean where they will struggle to survive.
The Leatherback Turtle is the biggest and measures in at 6 feet long (1.8 meters) and 4 feet wide (1.2 meters). It can weigh on average of 880 pounds (399 kilograms) – the biggest on record being 2,015 pounds (913 kilograms). The diet of these big turtles consists mainly of jellyfish.
Another interesting turtle is actually called the, Stinkpot. And yes, as the name suggests, this turtle actually gives off an offensive skunk-like smell when it feels threatened – hey, it works for the skunk!
Now that we have uncovered the mystery of turtles, tortoises and terrapins, you can be on the lookout for them in your area. If you see one ask yourself, is this a turtle, terrapin or a tortoise?
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