|Alligator Snapping Turtle at Dauset Trails
|| Turtles thrive throughout the world. There are hundreds of species
of various sizes from the small box turtle to the giant leatherback sea turtle. With so many species, how do you tell if a "turtle" is a turtle,
tortoise, or a terrapin?
Turtles, tortoises and terrapins are classified (Kingdom/Phylum/Class/Order/Family/Genus/Species) in the order Testudines. Although they belong in the same order, their physical differences
and habitat preferences separate them into different families.
Turtles are well adapted to aquatic life. Freshwater turtles have webbing between their toes
that help them paddle through the water. Turtles living in the oceans have feet modified into flippers (see "Leatherback" below) for greater mobility in the water.