Turtles are reptiles. They are from a certain type of reptile called Testudines.
Turtles are part of the world's oldest type of reptiles, even older than snakes, crocodiles and alligators.
Their hard shell is actually a part of their skelleton. It has over 50 bones in it! Some of these bones are their spine and ribcage!
A turtle's shell grows as a part of the turtle, so they can never grow out of it.
Many species of turtle are endangered! 129 of around 300 species of turtle and tortoise on Earth today are vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. This information came from the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Loss of habitat, poaching and the illegal pet trade are the threats posed to turtles.
All of the things that are making turtles go extinct are our fault. We are humans. Even if it wasn't you alone who did this, it can be you alone who gets people (family, teachers, classmates) to end this together. YOU CAN DO IT!
Turtles were here on this earth WAY before humans.You even can guess how long they've been here. Just enter a guess into the list, and we'll tell you!
A diverse family!
There are so many types of turtles! And not all of them live in the seas and oceans. Here is a list of some of them. These images are from Wikipedia.