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Types of Water Turtles

Box Turtle
Box Turtle

Make the turtle enclosure a minimum of 4 feet (1.2 m) by 6 feet (1.8 m) for one box turtle; bigger for more. Use smooth-sided wooden planks about 12 inches (30.5 cm) in width. At the top of each corner, attach a triangular piece of wood that connects to each side.

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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.

Flatback (Natator Depressa)
Flatback (Natator Depressa)

The flatback sea turtle was described as Chelonia depressa in 1880 by Samuel Garman in 1880, before being transferred to the genus Natator in 1908 by Allan Riverstone McCulloch. Description Illustration of a top view of a flatback sea turtle.

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)

Green turtles nesting in the northern Great Barrier Reef migrate from feeding grounds in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and across northern Australia from Melville Island in the Northern Territory to Moreton Bay in south-east Queensland.

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Hawksbill (Eretmochelys Imbricata)
Hawksbill (Eretmochelys Imbricata)

Hawksbill turtles are unique among sea turtles in that they have two pairs of prefrontal scales on the top of the head and each of the flippers usually has two claws. Male hawksbills mature when they are about 27 inches (70 cm) long.

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

Kemp's ridley sea turtle; Lepidochelys kempii: ... This turtle is a shallow-water ... Because the biggest danger to the population of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles ...

Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea)
Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea)

Goff, G.P. and J. Lien. 1988. Atlantic leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in cold water off Newfoundland and Labrador. Canadian Field Naturalist 102 (1):1-5. James, M.C., C.A. Ottensmeyer and R.A. Myers. 2005. Identification of high-use habitat and threats to leatherback sea turtles in northern waters: new directions for conservation.

source: nmfs.noaa.gov
Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta)
Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta)

The loggerhead turtle was first listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as threatened throughout its range on July 28, 1978. In September 2011, NMFS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed 9 Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) [pdf] of loggerhead sea turtles under the ESA.

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

An alleged fossil musk turtle from the Upper Miocene of Kansas was argued by Bourque (2011) to be a misidentified mud turtle, in which case musk turtles still lack a fossil record similar in longevity to that of mud turtles: the oldest mud turtles are from the Hemingfordian (late Early Miocene) – that is, about 17 million years old – while the oldest musk turtles are from the Hemphilian (Late Miocene-early Early Pliocene) – so, between 4.5 and 7 million years old.

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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, is a species of turtle native to northern Australia and southern New Guinea

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.

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

The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as the red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet in the rest of the world.

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

Russian Tortoise Water. Russian tortoises can have small water dishes in their outdoor enclosures. We use shallow, low sided dishes that are glazed to make cleaning easy.

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

Sea turtle, any of seven species of marine turtles belonging to the families Dermochelyidae (leatherback sea turtles) and Cheloniidae (green turtles, flatback sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, hawksbills, and ridleys).

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

Family PELOMEDUSIDAE, African Side-necked Turtles. Pelomedusa subrufa Angola SC 955, 6,000kzr, 1996 Pelusios adansonii Gambia SC 1741i, 4d, 1996 Pelusios castaneus, not P. subniger Guinea-Bissau SC 1373, 150fca, 2002