Turtles are reptiles with hard shells that protect them from predators. They are among the oldest and most primitive groups of reptiles, having evolved millions of years ago. Turtles live all over the world in almost every type of climate.
From giant, slow-moving land-dwelling tortoises and snappy terrapins basking in their fresh-water lagoons, to the graceful strokes of a sea turtle gliding through our oceans -there’s so much more to these guys.
Go through a list of 10 totally amazing facts about turtles.
1. Turtles rely on their vision.
Turtles have excellent vision — and they need it to survive and thrive. Scientific research has shown they can identify a range of different colors, and even favor some colors over others because they are more appetizing. Research has also shown that some turtles become so debilitated without sight, they can’t make their way back to the water from land.
2. Antarctica is the only continent turtles don’t live on.
Being the adaptive creatures they are, turtles can survive in pretty much any conditions. While most of the species are found in southeastern America and South Asia, they can still be found in other parts of the world.
The leatherback turtle is the most widely distributed turtle, venturing into the Arctic Circle, and as far south as the bottom of New Zealand.