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Types of Aquatic Turtles

Box Turtle
Box Turtle

Aquatic or Coahuilan Box Turtle – Terrapene Coahuila Coahuilan box turtle (Terrapene coahuila), in captivity at the Columbus Zoo, Powell, Ohio – Picture by Postdlf The Coahuilan Box Turtle is a species of box turtle found in Cuatro Ciénegas in Coahuila, Mexico.

Choosing a Pet Turtle or Tortoise
Choosing a Pet Turtle or Tortoise

Choosing a Pet Turtle or Tortoise Turtles and tortoises can be such a joy for children and adults. Some are very friendly and personable, which make them that much more fun to have as pets, but the problem lies with proper care and long lifespan.

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina Carolina)
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina Carolina)

The eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) is a subspecies within the species Terrapene carolina. It is called eastern box turtle since it is native to the eastern parts of the United States. Distribution. The eastern box turtle lives in the eastern United States, from eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Flatback (Natator Depressa)
Flatback (Natator Depressa)

The Australian flatback sea turtle (Natator depressus) is a sea turtle located along the sandy beaches and shallow coastal waters of Australia. They can only be found in the waters around the Australian continental shelf.

Greek Tortoise
Greek Tortoise

Tortoises defecate in their water, so keeping the supply clean is a must. Greek tortoises also appreciate an occasional misting of their environment, which prompts them to empty their bowels and drink. Greek Tortoise Handling and Temperament. Similar to most turtles and tortoises, Greek tortoises do not like to be held.

Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)
Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)

Adult green turtles are unique among sea turtles in that they eat only plants; they are herbivorous, feeding primarily on seagrasses and algae. This diet is thought to give them greenish-colored fat, from which they take their name.

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Hawksbill (Eretmochelys Imbricata)
Hawksbill (Eretmochelys Imbricata)

1993. Recovery plan for hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the U.S. Caribbean, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico. National Marine Fisheries Service, St. Petersburg, FL. National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998. Recovery plan for U.S. Pacific populations of the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).

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Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys Kempii)
Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys Kempii)

Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), or the Atlantic ridley sea turtle, ... This turtle is a shallow-water benthic feeder with a diet consisting primarily ...

Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea)
Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea)

Pacific leatherback sea turtles are one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight. Pacific leatherback sea turtles are genetically and biologically unique. They migrate extreme distances across the Pacific from nesting to foraging areas, and are generally larger in size than Atlantic leatherbacks.

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Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta)
Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta)

Loggerhead Turtle: Caretta caretta Appearance: Named for its massive block-like head, the loggerhead is Florida’s most common sea turtle. Adults weigh 275 pounds on average with a shell about one yard long. Its shell, ruddy brown on top and creamy yellow underneath, is very broad near the head and tapers toward the rear. Each flipper has two claws.

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Map Turtle (Graptemys Geographica)
Map Turtle (Graptemys Geographica)

The northern map turtle (Graptemys geographica), or common map turtle, is an aquatic turtle in the family Emydidae.It is endemic to North America

mud Turtles and Musk Turtles (Family Kinosternidae)
mud Turtles and Musk Turtles (Family Kinosternidae)

The family Kinosternidae consists of two genera and twenty three species. Four species belong to the genus Sternotherus (musk turtles), and nineteen belong to the genus Kinosternon (mud turtles). The family Kinosternidae is distributed from southeastern Canada to the United States east of the Rockies and southward to Brazil.

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Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys Olivacea)
Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys Olivacea)

The olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, are smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world, species of sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Pitted Shell Turtle (Carettochelys Insculpta)
Pitted Shell Turtle (Carettochelys Insculpta)

The pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta), also known as the pitted-shelled turtle or Fly River turtle, ... Pig-nosed turtles are not completely aquatic.

Pond Turtles
Pond Turtles

Aquatic turtles usually settle into the sediment at the bottom of a pond to hibernate and switch to absorbing oxygen through the skin, so the levels of oxygen in the water must be kept high enough. Oxygenation: Since hibernating aquatic turtles require high oxygen levels in the water, some method of adding supplemental oxygen is a good idea.

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Razor-Backed Musk Turtle
Razor-Backed Musk Turtle

The razor-backed musk turtle (Sternotherus carinatus) is a species of turtles native to the southern United States. No subspecies are recognized.

Red Ear Slider
Red Ear Slider

Caring for a red eared slider properly requires more than just a bowl with a little bit of water and a rock. Aquatic turtles, including red eared sliders, need much more in the way of housing and lighting.

Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans)
Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans)

The Red-eared Slider may wander far from water, and rapidly colonize any newly available habitat (Cox et al., 1998; Minton, 2001). In California, this ability to rapidly colonize available habitat may be aided by an extensive system of manmade canals and irrigation ditches. Females lay 2-23 eggs per clutch in a cavity dug out of the soil, and as many as five clutches may be oviposited per year (Gibbons, 1990; Ernst et al., 1994).

Red-Footed Tortoise
Red-Footed Tortoise

The red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonarius) is a species of tortoises from northern South America. These medium-sized tortoises generally average 30 cm (12 in) as adults, but can reach over 40 cm (16 in).

Russian Tortoise
Russian Tortoise

The popular Russian tortoise (Agrionemys [Testudo] horsfieldii) is a small tortoise native to many different countries—not just Russia, but also Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and others. It prefers a generally dry climate with seasonal variations in temperature from hot to quite cold, well below freezing.

sea Turtles (Families Dermochelyidae and Cheloniidae)
sea Turtles (Families Dermochelyidae and Cheloniidae)

…Dermochelyidae (leatherback sea turtles) and Cheloniidae (green turtles, flatback sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, hawksbills, and ridleys). Both families are highly aquatic, and most species only appear on coastal beaches for egg laying; however, the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) occasionally basks in terrestrial environments.

Side-Necked Turtles (Familes Chelidae, Pelomedusidae, and Podocnemididae)
Side-Necked Turtles (Familes Chelidae, Pelomedusidae, and Podocnemididae)

The Chelidae are one of three living families of the turtle suborder Pleurodira and are commonly called the Austro-South American side-neck turtles. The family is distributed in Australia, New Guinea, parts of Indonesia, and throughout most of South America.

Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys Picta Bellii)
Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys Picta Bellii)

Chrysemys picta - Painted Turtle (Stebbins 1954, 1966, 1985) Conservation Issues (Conservation Status) As an introduced species, it is possible that this turtle competes with and therefore poses a threat to native Pacific Pond Turtles.

Wood Turtle (Glyptemys [Clemmys] Insculpta)
Wood Turtle (Glyptemys [Clemmys] Insculpta)

Wood Turtle Habitat. Wood turtles are semi-aquatic, and prefer marshes habitats, riparian, wet meadows, and forest edges. Individual home range size ranges from seven to nine acres for females and ten to twelve acres for males.

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