Thirteen Species of Turtle and an Interesting Fact About Each of Them!
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Size: Can reach more than 26 inches
Weight: Up to 300 pounds.
Interesting Fact: They are the largest freshwater turtle in the world.
American Snapping Turtle
Size: Up to 19 inches with males larger than females
Weight: Up to 45 pounds with males larger than females
Interesting Fact: They are characterized by their massive heads, strong jaws, keeled brown carapace, and long tails.
Size: Between 5 to 6 inches. Males have longer tails than females.
Interesting Fact: A box turtle lives most of its long life in a small parcel of land near its place of birth. This area is known as its home range, an area not much larger than a couple of football fields.
Eastern River Cooter Turtle
Size: Up to 12 inches in length.
Interesting Fact: They are very difficult to capture
Green Sea Turtle
Size: Average nesting female carapace (shell) is about 32 to 43 inches
Weight: Average nesting female is about 243 to 408 pounds
Interesting Fact: Females lay about 100 to 120 eggs in each clutch.
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Size: Average carapace is about 35 inches (90 cm)
Weight: Average is about 132 pounds (60 kg)
Interesting Fact: The Hawksbill turtle is well known for their beautiful shell, which is referred to as ‘tortoise shell’.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Size: About 6 feet (1.8 meters) front to back. With the front arm span around 8 feet (2.5 meters) Weight: Between 1200 pounds (550 kg) and 1450 pounds (664 kg)
Interesting Fact: The largest of the sea turtles.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Size: Their shell can range between 35 inches (90 cm) and 3 feet (1 meter)
Weight: They can reach around 154 pounds (70 kg) and more
Interesting Fact: They nest four to five times a season.
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
Size: The carapace can range between 22 to 30 inches (55 to 75 cm)
Weight: Average nesting females can weigh around 77 pounds (35 kg)
Interesting Fact: Lives in the tropical regions of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
Size: 4 to 10 inches, with females being larger than males
Interesting Fact: They are the most prevalent species of turtle in North America.
Size: From 5 to 12 inches with females larger than males
Interesting Fact: They are one of the most common pet turtles.
Size: An average of 4 inches, less than 5 inches in length
Interesting Fact: These turtles like to hide under plants, sticking just their head out.
Size: Up to 9 inches in length.
Interesting Fact: These turtles are now an endangered species because they were once hunted for food.
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