Thursday Thirteen! – Paige Tyler – New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Thursday Thirteen!

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.

Box Turtle
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.

Painted Turtle
Size: 4 to 10 inches, with females being larger than males
Interesting Fact: They are the most prevalent species of turtle in North America.

Slider Turtle
Size: From 5 to 12 inches with females larger than males
Interesting Fact: They are one of the most common pet turtles.

Spotted Turtle
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.

Wood Turtle
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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sophiaparkwood says September 3, 2009

Aww I love turtles! Great list. Sea turtles have to be my favorite. My kids watch Finding Nemo all the time and the turtles are my favorite part. Happy Thursday!

Inez Kelley says September 3, 2009

GAH!!! Damien wants a turtle and I told him I would think about it. he bribed you, didn't he??? Admit it!!

Stephanie says September 3, 2009

Awwwww ….. I love turtles. Great list, Paige! Happy Thursday!

Alice Audrey says September 3, 2009

I'm not a turtle devotee, but it's still a good list.

Heather says September 3, 2009

Great post, Paige. Peronally, I like the itty bitty box turtles.

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Angeleque Ford says September 3, 2009

I love turtles. I have a stuffed one by one desk.

Jennifer McKenzie says September 3, 2009

Oooo very cool! Love this post, Paige.

Nina Pierce says September 3, 2009

I love turtles. Something about them make them just so darn cute. But to think they're in the water where I swim gives me the shivers. LOL!

David Bridger says September 3, 2009

Some of these little guys are living examples of tenacity, aren't they? We had one wash up on our shores (English west country) recently, after swimming all the way across the Atlantic. A group of experts are giving him some TLC before flying him home.

Flicka Holt says September 3, 2009

Turtle Thursday? New concept?

Their cute, anyway!

Ella Drake says September 3, 2009

We have a painted turtle. Those suckers are faster than you'd think!

The Bumbles says September 4, 2009

I'm partial to the Loggerheads. I am always amazed at how their lives begin – so tiny and alone venturing out to avoid their predators on the beach gauntlet in order to reach the sea.

Janice says September 4, 2009

When I was young we found a desert tortiose out in the country, it had a hole drilled in its shell. It must have been someone's pet. We took it home and it lived in our backyard for years, and got turned on it back every morning by the dog.

Happy TT.

TantraPM says September 4, 2009

You are right that turtles have a home territory. So, if you do happen to see one in the wild, please leave him there. If he happens to be crossing the road, simply move him 30-50 feet in the direction he was headed.

Wild turtles do no make good pets, and often die in captivity.

Thanks for sharing this information.

etchinstone says September 4, 2009

I heart sea turtles – number 1, however, kinad scared me, lol.

Julia Smith says September 5, 2009

All of the sea turtles look so majestic. What an interesting Thursday Thirteen, Paige!

Julie Robinson says September 12, 2009

Thank you, Paige, for all this info. I'm catching up on emails and saw your post about this. Very interesting and unusual, but I really enjoyed this one. I never realized there were so many kinds of turtles. Or at least I never thought about it.

paigetyl says October 17, 2009

Sophia – Thanks! Love the turtles in Finding Nemo! They're such cool dudes! LOL!

Inez – LOL!

Stephanie – Thanks! Me, too!

Alice – Thanks!

Heather – Thanks!

Angeleque – Me, too!

Jennifer – Thanks!

Nina – Aren't they cute?!

David – Wow!

Flicka – LOL!

Ella – Cool!

The Bumbles – Isn't that cool?!

Janice – How cute!

Tantra – You're welcome! I thought it was interesting, too!

Etchinstone – Me, too! LOL!

Julia – Thanks!

Julie – Thanks!


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