Sunday, May 29, 2011

Do you agree with me that Information on Turtles are important to understand them as pets

 Turtles are reptiles, and more specifically, they belong to the order called Testudines and super-order Chelonia. This is why the turtle enthusiasts often affectionately refer to their pets as Chelonians. Turtles are also commonly called terrapins in the UK, although it does not indicate any technical differences from the turtle.

There are about 300 different species of turtle in the world today, although the number may shrink over them-Sea Turtles especially entering endangered species list. Turtles such as Red Eared sliders and other breeds commonly kept as pets, however, are very numerous and in no danger of being colored.

Like other reptiles, turtles are cold blooded, meaning their body temperature adjusts to match the temperature of their surrounding environment. Therefore, they need to bask in the sun to warm up their bodies and also why those who live in northern climates, dig into the mud and hibernate when winter comes.

The chief characteristics of turtles is their carapace (bony shell) as a channel for their ribs, fused together, which protect it from predators. The lower shell that covers the underside (belly) is called the plastron. In most turtle species is the outermost part of the tank is covered by scales (SCUTT) that a portion of their outer skin. Turtles are certainly not hard SCUTT: soft-shelled turtle and leatherback turtle turtle with a leathery skin on their shelves instead.

Land-dwelling tortoises are pretty heavy, large, domed shell. However, soft-shelled turtles and invertebrates have shells easier to keep from sinking into the ponds and the ocean and to enable them to swim faster and with greater flexibility.

Turtles can pull their legs, tail and head safely inside their shells when they are in danger. Turtles have two ways to sign their necks inside their shells: they contract their neck under their back, while others contract their neck to the side. But they do, it is quite amazing to see.

Turtles' noses are placed over their heads so they can breathe while mostly submerged in water only its nose above the surface. Not put a turtle in the water, however. It is an entirely land-based anaimal and drown in deep water.

Land turtles have flat feet with claw fingers, while water and semi-aquatic turtles have webbed feet. Turtle is so thoroughly designed for life in the open sea, they have flippers for legs.

Turtles have no teeth, but with sharp beaks that they use to catch prey. Carnivorous species usually razor-sharp ridges for slicing their prey. Plant-eating turtle ridges with serrated knife to cut through rough vegetation.

Turtles 'shells are usually colored black, brown or olive green. Some kinds of turtles' shells have yellow, orange, red, gray or markings such as stripes, spots or blotches. The Eastern Painted Turtle is one of the more beautifully colored species: It is an olive green or black shell with red markings around the edges and a yellow plastron.

The largest living turtle is the Leatherback Sea Turtle can reach lengths of 6 feet 6 inches and weighs up to £ 2 thousandth The largest chelonian Archelon Ischyros ever existed, and stretched 15 feet from nose to tail.

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