The largest ever recorded turtle was a leatherback turtle that weighed in at 2,016 pounds and was 9 feet long. It died after becoming trapped in fishing lines.Know More
Scientists believe the turtle was around 100 years old. It is currently on display at the National Museum Cardiff in the United Kingdom.
According to NOAA, leatherback turtles normally weigh between 550 pounds and 2,000 pounds and grow up to 6 feet in length. Leatherback turtles can be found to the far north, all the way to Canada and the northern Pacific Ocean. They tend to nest in tropical waters, with known nesting grounds in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and southeastern Florida.Learn more about Turtles
Snapping turtles are omnivores, which means that they eat both plants and animals. They commonly feed on insects, fish, small birds, eggs, leaves and larvae. They have also been known to eat carrion, which is dead meat left behind by other predators.Full Answer >
Some turtles, but not all, are herbivores. Turtles may all be anatomically similar, but they live in very different environments depending on species. Some turtles live in freshwater streams, while others live in the open ocean or entirely on land, placing them in very different dietary niches.Full Answer >
Pet turtles require a balanced diet that includes commercial turtle pellets, leafy green vegetables, mealworms, crickets, waxworms and fruit. Mixing and matching a variety of foods each day is ideal for a turtle's diet.Full Answer >
Predators to the turtle vary depending on the habitat and age of the turtle. For example, a sea turtle's natural predators include killer whales, sharks and other large fish. The tiger shark is one of the sea turtle's most dangerous enemies.Full Answer >