Turtle

  1. Turtles are reptiles. Well, that explains their bumpy skin!
  2. Male and female turtles are just called turtles, but a baby turtle is called a hatchling.
  3. The turtle’s scientific name is Testudines.
  4. It takes 44 days for a turtle to hatch. Not that slow!
  5. 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.
  6. Many turtle species hide their heads inside their shells if they get attacked by predators. Lucky!
  7. Like other reptiles, turtles are cold blooded.
  8. The largest turtle is the Leatherback sea turtle, it can weigh over 900 kg (2000 lb)!
  9. Sea turtles lay eggs on beaches and will never see them again, (probably).
  10. For some species of turtle the temperature determines if the egg will develop into a male or female, lower temperatures lead to a male and higher temperatures lead to a female.
  11. Hatchlings make their way to the top of the sand and scramble to the water while trying to avoid predators. Slowly and cautiously.
  12. Sea turtles have special glands which help remove salt from water when they drink it.
  13. Many turtle species are endangered. SAVE THE TURTLES!!!