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1 Turtles, Tortoises, Terrapins Order: Chelonia William Kratz
2 Built to last!Appearing around 200 million years ago, reptiles of the order Chelonia inherited a unique anatomy that is unmistakable!Today there are 11 distinguished families of Chelonia that contain about 295 different species.scutesribinner boneylayerpelvicgirdlecarapacevertebrashouldergirdleplastron
3 Turtle, Terrapin, or Tortoise? Loggerhead TurtleSpotted TurtleGalapagos Tortoise
4 Variety: The Spice of Life (survival) Shell ShapesCryptodira or PeurodiraDomedStreamlinedCryptodira (straight-necked) flex neck vertebrae verticallyPeurodira (side-necked) flex neck vertebrae laterally
5 Variety: The Spice of Life (survival) Limb ModificationCarnivore, Omnivore, Herbivore
6 Turtles Of Pennsylvania Bog Turtle, Glyptemys muhlenbergiiBlanding’s Turtle, Emydoidea blandingiiEndangered Species3-4 inches in lengthLives in bogs and wet meadows with tussock grassCandidate Species6-11 inches in lengthPrefers poorly drained lowlands, marshes, wet meadows, ponds, and slow-moving streams.
7 Turtles Of Pennsylvania Eastern Box Turtle,Terrapene carolina carolinaSpotted Turtle, Clemmys guttataSpecies of Special Concern5-8 inches in lengthLives in deciduous woodlands, old fields, pastures, and marshy areas.Species of Special Concerninches in lengthMarshes, wet meadows, swamps, bogs, and shallow borders of ponds, lakes and streams for habitat.
8 Turtles Of Pennsylvania Midland Smooth Softshell Turtle,Apalone mutica muticaNorthern Redbelly Cooter,Pseudemys rubriventris rubriventrisThreatened Speciesinches in lengthPrefers large lakes, ponds, slow-moving rivers, creeks and marshes.Extirpated Speciesinches in lengthOnly found in large rivers
9 References:Pecor, K "Testudines" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed March 15, estudines.html.Smithsonian Institution. (2001). ANIMAL (pp ). New York, NY: DK Publishing, IncTurtles of Pennsylvania. (2008). In Pennsylvania Herp Identification online guide to reptiles & amphibians of PA. Retrieved March 15, 2011, from