Turtles have been on this Earth for a very long time. More than 200 million years ago, turtles shared the planet with dinosaurs. Today there are more than 280 different types of turtles.

Baby eastern box turtle  

an eastern box turtle 

Adaptations of the turtle

One adaption turtles have is a hard shell to protect them from predators .Another adaption is that most turtles are able to pull themselves into their  shell. Another Adaption is hibernation most turtles hibernate (except sea turtles and tortoises).  Another adaptation is that they have camouflage .Most turtles shells are dull green, black or brown. One turtle is the mantama turtle it has loose flaps of skin that look like dead leaves. The musk turtle  and the mud turtle look like rocks at the bottom of the pond. The leather back turtle has a smooth, flat, tear dropped shaped shell to help them dive up to 3,000 feet.  Tortoises have a heavy domed shell that protects them from the sun. The alligator snapping turtle has a lure on the tip of its tongue that looks like a worm to attract its dinner (prey).


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A turtles adaptations are mostly Physical parts of the turtle .If a turtle did not have these adaptations they could face extinction. Turtles are very unlike animals only tortoises look like them but are not completely the same. 

Did you know? 

Sea turtle always go to the same beach to lay there eggs?

Turtles live on all continents?

The carapace is the top of the shell and the bottom of the shell is called the plastron?

Turtles are part of the testudines family?

A turtles shell is part of its back bone? 


A turtle pre-historic skeleton


Where do turtles live? Just look at the map!!!! 

sea turtles are blue-land turtles are black

Authors note: turtle are very special and amazing creatures. 

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