Turtles are not classified as amphibians. Turtles are classified as reptiles like tortoises, snakes, lizards and alligators. A few common amphibians include frogs, newts, toads and salamanders.
Turtles have scaly, impermeable skin and breathe with lungs their entire lives. Those characteristics lead to their classification as reptiles. Amphibians do not have scales; they have permeable skin, and breathe with gills when they are young prior to metamorphosis. Turtles do not have those traits. Turtles have many traits that both the reptile and amphibian animal classes share, however. These include having a backbone and being mostly cold-blooded. Like all amphibians and some reptiles, turtles spend some of their time on the land and some time in water.Learn More
Turtles use low-pitched underwater vocalizations to communicate with each other. Scientists theorize that baby sea turtles in their eggs rely on vibrations to communicate and synchronize their hatching, improving their chances of survival.Full Answer >
A turtle's ears are flat against the head, but a turtle can hear as well as a cat. Turtles have the same inner ear mechanisms that other animals do, and they also have an auditory nerve and the brain center required for hearing.Full Answer >
Both tortoises and turtles are able to flip themselves over from a supine position. Adaptations such as tall, uneven shells assist in creating an imbalance that allows the turtle or tortoise to roll back to its feet.Full Answer >
Turtles have backbones. According to Scholastic, turtles are reptiles, and all reptiles have backbones. A turtle's shell has upper and lower parts, the carapace and plastron, respectively, which are connected to the animal's backbone, ribs, shoulders and hips.Full Answer >