The average turtle walks at a rate of 3 to 4 miles per hour. A turtle swims at a speed of 10 to 12 miles per hour. Although turtles move slowly, they move at faster rates than the average tortoise.
Turtles are the oldest living group of reptiles. Scientists have found remains of turtles that date back to the time when dinosaurs existed. Turtles are found throughout most temperate and tropical environments in the world and protect themselves with their armor-like shell and their powerful, beaked, toothless jaws.
Turtles cannot usually survive in cold temperatures, since their body temperatures match that of the outside water and air that surrounds them. If a turtle is in a cold environment for an extended period of time, its body processes may slow down and the turtle becomes immobile.Learn More
Leatherback turtles can be found in a variety of locations ranging from the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean and other parts of the world including Canada, Norway, New Zealand and South America. This species of turtle were once prominent in every ocean, but now their population is rapidly declining, making them endangered.Full Answer >
Tortoises enjoy grazing and thrive on a diet of wild-growing weeds and flowers. They should not be fed every day, as the digestive system is not designed for this and can cause serious health problems.Full Answer >
The Burmese peacock turtle is a turtle found in South Asia, particularly Myanmar. It has a nine-inch domed shell that is a greenish-brown color. The name "peacock" comes from the light yellow circles that appear on each section of the shell.Full Answer >
Sea turtles are known to live in every ocean basin in the world except in the polar regions. They can also be found on coastal regions and theyÂ migrate long distances inÂ search of food.Full Answer >