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Turtles are Reptiles
Turtles have a hard shell that protects them like a shield, this upper shell is called a ‘carapace’.
Turtles also have a lower shell called a ‘plastron’.
Many turtle species (not all) can hide their heads inside their shells when attacked by predators.
Turtles have existed for around 215 million years.
Like other reptiles, turtles are cold blooded.
The largest turtle is the leatherback sea turtle, it can weigh over 900 kg! (2000 lb)Turtles lay eggs.
In some species of turtle the temperature determines if the egg will develop into a male or female, lower temperatures lead to a male while higher temperatures lead to a female.
Some turtles lay eggs in the sand and leave them to hatch on their own. The young turtles make their way to the top of the sand and scramble to the water while trying to avoid predators.
Sea turtles have special glands which help remove salt from the water they drink.
Many turtle species are endangered. Habitat
Turtles are very adaptive and can be found on every continent, except Antarctica. Most turtle species are found in southeastern North America and South Asia. Only five species live in Europe, according to Drs. Foster and Smith, a veterinarian business based in Wisconsin.
Here are some examples of different types of turtles and where they can be found:
Sea turtles can be found in the Coral Triangle, an area that includes the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea; coastal East Africa; the Mesoamerican Reef in the Caribbean; the Galápagos Islands; and the Gulf of California.
The African helmeted turtle is the most common turtle in Africa, according to Animal Planet. It is a hunter-scavenger that eats young birds and small mammals. It steals bait from fishermen's hooks. It also releases a foul-smelling liquid from glands in its legs.
Roti Island snake-necked turtles are found only on Roti Island, a 62-square-mile (161 square km) island in Indonesia, according to the San Diego Zoo.
They are found along the coastal regions of sandy beaches.
Some sea turtles are known to live in the colder waters,
They lay their eggs in sandy beaches
the adult sea turtles are commonly found in shallow waters including bays and lagoons
hey can also be found in the open sea as many of the species can dive deep down into the water to find food.
Young turtles usually stay in areas of the coral reef for a at least the first year of life