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Reptiles are in the Linnaean class of Reptilia.  They are characterized by breathing air, having a cold-blooded metabolism, laying tough-shelled amniotic eggs, and having skin with scales or scutes.  All reptiles are born on land.  Being cold-blooded means that if they get too warm, they need to cool off in water or shade.  Conversely, if they get too cold, they need to warm up in the sun.

Turtles are one of the many reptiles mentioned above.  According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, turtles existed 200 million years ago during the time of the dinosaur!  This makes them one of the oldest reptile groups.  

Did you know.... 

that there are over 8,000 species of reptiles and over 300 species of turtle?

 

African Spurred Tortoise 

The third largest species of tortoise is the African Spurred Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata) which is also know as the African Spur Thigh Tortoise or the Sulcata Tortoise. It's native habitat is the southern edge of the Sahara desert in Africa.  

African Spurred Tortoises can weigh between 100-200 pounds and live 50 - 150 years.

 

African Spurred Tortoise Sahara desert Africa

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Those spurs on the front of the African Spurred Tortoise shell above are actually rams that are used for fighting.  

 

African Spurred Tortoise

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  Did you know.... that the African Spurred Tortoise is really good at "aestivating"?  Known as aestivating, in the hot regions of the world, a turtle will burrow into the ground in order to find moisture.  It spends the hottest part of the day in this burrow.  

 


 

Aldabra Tortoise (Geochelone gigantean)

The Aldabra giant tortoise comes from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.  It is the largest of the land tortoises.  Notice the long neck of the Aldabra tortoise.  This enables the turtle to reach tree branches for food.  

Adults can weigh up to 600 lbs. and grow to be over 5 feet in length.    One adult tortoise in 1776 reportedly lived until 1918 - that's very old!  The average age is 100 to 150 years.

 

Aldabra Giant Tortoise from Seychelles

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Aldabra Giant Tortoise snout

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That green stuff on his snout - he just finished munching on lettuce.

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Two Aldabra Giant Tortoises

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The temperature was 104F when I visited these large specimens in a zoo.
The tortoises had extended their arms, legs and necks in order to stay as cool as possible.

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  Did you know.... that a swimming turtle looks similar to a swimming dog?  Both do the "dog paddle"!

Sea turtles have flippers instead of feet since they spend almost all or their time in the water.  When they swim, they use their front flippers to move and their back flippers for steering.  

Although different species stay submerged for varying lengths of time, all turtles breathe air and must come to the surface to refill their lungs.

 


 

Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle

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The Red-bellied Short-neck Turtle is located in the Australasia Pavilion of the Toronto Zoo.

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The Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle [Emydura subglobosa] is native to Northeaster Australia and southern New Guniea.  It is also known as the "painted terrapin".  A small aquatic turtle, the shell grows to about 10 inches in length.

This turtle is a "side-necked" turtle which means that unlike other turtles that pull their heads straight back inside their shell, this turtle pulls its neck sideways.

 

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Remarkable
Reptiles !

In the Book "The lectures of Linnaeus concerning the Animal Kingdom", published about 100 years ago, Carl Linnaeus wrote in the beginning of his Chapter on Amphibia that animals in this Chapter are "the ugliest, most cruel and most poisoning".  He expressed that he was happy that our Creator put rather few of these animals into this class.  If there had been more, they would have hurt the other species.

Carl Linnaeus (1701-1778) was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.  He is known as the father of taxonomy and the one who laid the foundations for our current biological naming scheme.

Did you know....

Reptiles breathe air!

Almost all reptiles lay shelled eggs!

 

Sensational 
Snakes !

 

 

 

 

 

Terrific Turtles !

 

 

 

Did you know...

The King Cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world.  It is 12 feet long! 

Frogs breathe with their lungs but also their skin!

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Alligators !

 

 

Did you know...

Reptiles have holes instead of ears!

Reptiles today live on every continent except Antarctica!

Most reptiles have a 3-chambered heart!

 

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