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!

Click on a Category (or scroll down) to acess each type of Turtle.

Box TurtlesSemi-terrestrial turtles
Wood TurtlesSemi-terrestrial turtles
Water Turtles – PopularAquatic/Semi-aquatic turtles
Map TurtlesAquatic/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. Some turtles 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.

Box Turtles

Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle
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Terrapene carolina

Florida Box Turtle

Two Florida Box Turtles on the rocks
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Terrapene carolina

Ornate Box Turtle

Ornate Box Turtle
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Terrapene ornata ornata

Three-toed Box Turtle

orange Three-toed box turtle
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Terrapene carolina

Map Turtles

Cagle’s Map Turtle

Cagle’s Map Turtle
Cagle’s map turtle (Graptemys caglei) hatching | Image Credit: Mokele, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

Graptemys caglei

Ringed Map Turtle

Ringed map turtle
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Graptemys oculifera

Yellow-blotched Map Turtle

Yellow-blotched map turtle
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Graptemys flavimaculata

Popular Water Turtles

African Side-necked Turtle

African Side-necked Turtle
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Pelusios sinuatus

Chicken Turtle

Wild Florida chicken turtle
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Deirochelys reticularia

Painted Turtle

Midland Painted Turtle on the rock_Brian Lasenby
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Chrysemys picta

Red-eared Slider

red eared slider
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Trachemys scripta

Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle
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Apalone spinifera

Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle
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Clemmys guttata

Unusual Water Turtles

Argentine Snake-necked Turtle

Argentine snake-necked turtle
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Hydromedusa tectifera

Matamata Turtle

Matamata Turtle
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Chelus fimbriatus

Pig-nosed Turtle

pig-nosed turtle is swimming in an aquarium
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Carettochelys insculpta

Snapping Turtle

Alligator snapping turtle on the road
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Chelydra serpentina

Wood Turtles

Black Wood Turtle

black wood turtle
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Rhinoclemmys funerea

Ornate Wood Turtle

central american ornate wood turtle
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Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima

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