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
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 >
The average turtle can swim at speeds of 10 to 12 mph and walk at 3 to 4 mph. Sea turtles are faster in water, reaching maximum speeds of 20 mph, but they are very slow on land and must drag themselves along with their flippers.Full Answer >
To identify the species of a turtle, examine the shell, head, color, location and size. Leg and toe shape are also key factors in determining a turtle's type.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 >