All tortoises are technically turtles, although not all turtles are tortoises. The biggest difference is tortoises are terrestrial, spending the majority of their time on land. Turtles, on the other hand, prefer water.
Turtles have been around for over 200 million years.
The turtle’s shell is part of its skeleton.
A turtle’s diet is flexible. What a turtle eats is largely influenced by what’s available where they live. Many will eat insects and small fish. Others love to munch on small crustaceans. They also eat aquatic plants.
The oldest turtle ever is currently believed to be 189 years old!
Some sea turtles can swim 10,000 miles in one year.
Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.
Sea turtles can lay over 100 eggs at a time.
Turtles don’t have visible ears. Although they don’t have visible ears, turtles aren’t deaf. They have internal ear bones that can pick up vibrations and other low-frequency sounds around them.
Some species of turtle can grow to weigh over 2,000 pounds.
Weather can impact the gender of a turtle.
Half of the turtle species on earth are threatened or endangered.