Tuesday, November 22

Facts about turtles

Turtle Facts

Turtles are amazing creatures. You have probably seen a turtle before, right? Are you aware of how long a turtle can live for? Have you ever heard about Jonathan? Jonathan is the world’s oldest tortoise! Can you guess how old he is? If you guessed 190 years old, then you are correct! Jonathan lives on the island of St. Helena. Read on to learn more cool facts about Jonathan other types of turtles.


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Facts about turtles and Jonathan the tortoise:

1. There are over 325 species of turtles in the world. Turtles are reptiles and cold blooded. Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise. Here is a list of some of the different species of turtles:

  • Common box turtle
  • Common snapping turtle
  • False map turtle
  • Gopher tortoise
  • Green sea turtle
  • Painted Terrapin
  • Seychelles giant tortoise
  • Western pond turtle

2. The speckled padloper tortoise is one of the smallest turtles in the world. They can weigh up to five and a half (5 ½) ounces or more. It can grow to around three inches long, maybe a little more.

3. The Leatherback Sea turtle is one of the biggest turtles in the world. It can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. They can be over 7 foot long. That is really long!

4. Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise. A Seychelles giant tortoise can weigh over 600 pounds. Jonathan weighs about 440 pounds. They can grow up to four feet long.

5. Depending on the species of turtle it could be a carnivore, herbivore, or an omnivore. Seychelles giant tortoises are herbivores. Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise so he must be an herbivore too.

6. A group of turtles are referred to as a bale of turtles, a dole of turtles, or a nest of turtles.

7. Turtles can be either nocturnal or diurnal. Nocturnal means they are awake/active during night time hours and diurnal means that they are awake/active during daytime hours.

8. Depending on the type of turtle some live in the water, some live on land, and some prefer land and water. Jonathan is a tortoise. Tortoises live on land. 

9. There are three kinds of turtles: aquatic, land, and marine turtles. Terrapins, tortoises, and turtles are all cold blooded reptiles.

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Books about turtles:

1. On the Backs of Tortoises by Elizabeth Hennessy

2. Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George

3. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins A Natural History by Ronald Orenstein

4. All Things Turtles For Kids by Animal Reads


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Short story alert:

Once upon a time there was a very slow turtle named leisure. Leisure liked to take his time enjoying the beauty of the island he lived on. Leisure would slowly find his way to the nearest banana tree. Right there under the shade of the tree there would be bananas for him to eat. As he spotted the bananas under the tree his little eyes got so big. He called it banana heaven! He would devour each banana until he was full. Then he would leave the shade of the tree and get back out in the sun because he is a cold-blooded reptile who needs a lot of heat. He enjoyed the sun shining down on him. Leisure would slowly but surely make his way around the island he lived on in between naps that is. Leisure loved to nap. After each nap he would venture further around the island until he made his way back to his nest where he would nap again! Leisure’s motto is slow and steady wins the race! THE END!


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