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
On a female turtle, the tail serves no purpose, but for male turtles, the tail houses the reproductive organs. Unlike with male turtles, the cloaca, which handles urinary, fecal and reproductive functions, is located under the tail and not housed inside the tail for females.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 >
Painted turtles have a large natural range, encompassing much of North America, from southern Canada to northern Mexico, although they're absent from most of the southwestern United States. Additionally, humans have introduced painted turtles to locations outside of their natural range, including Spain, Germany, the Philippines and Indonesia. Painted turtles usually inhabit quiet freshwater lakes and ponds with soft muddy bottoms and an abundance of aquatic plant life.Full Answer >
Turtles breathe by taking oxygen into the lungs and releasing carbon dioxide when exhaling. Water turtles hold oxygen in their lungs for longer periods than other animals, allowing them to remain submerged completely for many hours without running out of air.Full Answer >