|Additional Turtle Resources
Endangered Sea Turtles
- Turtles are an ancient group of animals, dating back to the Triassic age, some 230 million years ago.
- Approximately 250 turtle species are currently living.
- The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle species in the world.
- The Galapagos Tortoise is the largest tortoise species in the world.
- The Bog Turtle is the smallest turtle species in the world.
- The Speckled Padloper Tortoise of South Africa is the smallest tortoise species in the world.
- Wild turtles live on every continent except for Antarctica. However, the largest number of the world's turtle species live in warm regions.
- Nest temperature plays the most important role in determing sea turtle gender.
- The upper shell of a turtle, called the carapace, consists of approximately 60 bones.
- All turtles lay their eggs on land.
- Tortoises and turtles do not have teeth.
- Turtles do not have vocal chords, although some species make hissing or grunting sounds.
- A group of turtles is called a bale.
- Some turtle species have five toes on each limb. Other turtle species have three or four toes.
- Recently some turtles thought to be extinct in the wild, Swinhoe's soft-shell turtle and the Arakan forest turtle, have been rediscovered living in parts of Southeast Asia.
- Eastern Box turtles are omnivores that sometimes eat poisonous mushrooms.
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