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Picture of a Spiny Softshell TurtleSpiny Softshell TurtlePhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough

   The first turtles are believed to have lived over 200 million years ago!... and their fossils are almost identical to turtles that are alive today!

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Box Turtles - Semi-terrestrial turtles
Wood Turtles - Semi-terrestrial turtles
Water Turtles - Popular - Aquatic/Semi-aquatic turtles
Map Turtles - Aquatic/Semi-aquatic turtles
Water Turtles - Unusual - Aquatic/Semi-aquatic turtles

   There are many good beginner turtles that are generally available and fairly inexpensive. You can buy beginner turtles at reptile shows, from a breeder, at a pet store, or on the internet.

   Turtles are attractive interesting animals that have been kept as common household pets for many years.

   Turtles are quiet, calm, and slow-moving. Consequently they don't instill the cautious concerns that some folks have when dealing with other types of reptiles. They can be quite hardy when provided with the right environment, have fairly modest requirements, and live a long time.
   Turtles that spend a good deal of time in the water usually have webbed feet for swimming. They are aquatic turtles (water turtles) or semi-aquatic (marsh and swamp type) turtles. There are also turtles that are semi-terrestrial, spending time both in the water and on the land. These 'land' turtles are also known as terrapins (the term terrapin is derived from the word terrapene, which means 'land turtle'). In the United States however, the term turtle is usually used to describe all of these, and includes approximately 200 species.

For more Information see:
Turtle and Tortoise Care, Selection, Care, Maintenance

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Box Turtles
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Terrapene carolina
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Terrapene carolina
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Terrapene ornata ornata
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Terrapene carolina

Map Turtles
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Graptemys caglei
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Graptemys oculifera
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Graptemys flavimaculata

Popular Water Turtles
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Deirochelys reticularia
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Chrysemys picta
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Trachemys scripta
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Apalone spinifera
Click for more info on Spotted Turtle
Clemmys guttata

Unusual Water Turtles
Click for more info on Argentine Snake-necked Turtle
Hydromedusa tectifera
Click for more info on Matamata Turtle
Chelus fimbriatus
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Carettochelys insculpta
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Chelydra serpentina

Wood Turtles
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Rhinoclemmys funerea
Click for more info on Ornate Wood Turtle
Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima