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1 William Kratz Turtles, Tortoises, Terrapins Order: Chelonia

2  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. Built to last! inner boney layer vertebra plastron ribscutes shoulder girdle pelvic girdle carapace

3 Turtle, Terrapin, or Tortoise? Loggerhead Turtle Spotted Turtle Galapagos Tortoise

4 Variety: The Spice of Life (survival) Shell ShapesCryptodira or Peurodira Domed StreamlinedCryptodira (straight-necked) flex neck vertebrae vertically Peurodira (side-necked) flex neck vertebrae laterally

5 Variety: The Spice of Life (survival) Limb Modification Carnivore, Omnivore, Herbivore

6 Turtles Of Pennsylvania Bog Turtle, Glyptemys muhlenbergii Blanding’s Turtle, Emydoidea blandingii  Endangered Species  3-4 inches in length  Lives in bogs and wet meadows with tussock grass  Candidate Species  6-11 inches in length  Prefers poorly drained lowlands, marshes, wet meadows, ponds, and slow-moving streams.

7 Turtles Of Pennsylvania Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina Spotted Turtle, Clemmys guttata  Species of Special Concern  5-8 inches in length  Lives in deciduous woodlands, old fields, pastures, and marshy areas.  Species of Special Concern  3.5-4.5 inches in length  Marshes, wet meadows, swamps, bogs, and shallow borders of ponds, lakes and streams for habitat.

8 Turtles Of Pennsylvania Northern Redbelly Cooter, Pseudemys rubriventris rubriventris Midland Smooth Softshell Turtle, Apalone mutica mutica  Threatened Species  10-12.5 inches in length  Prefers large lakes, ponds, slow-moving rivers, creeks and marshes.  Extirpated Species  6-13.4 inches in length  Only found in large rivers

9  Pecor, K. 2003. "Testudines" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed March 15, 2011 http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/T estudines.html.  Smithsonian Institution. (2001). ANIMAL (pp. 366-375). New York, NY: DK Publishing, Inc  Turtles of Pennsylvania. (2008). In Pennsylvania Herp Identification online guide to reptiles & amphibians of PA. Retrieved March 15, 2011, from http://www.paherps.com/herps/turtles References:

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