2012 Feature: Turtle Shelter!
Million years ago
Visit our amazing Turtle Shelter! Here, everything revolves around these fascinating creatures. They are a quite a phenomenon, as they have inhabited this planet for over 200 million years.
Discover extraordinary freshwater turtles and their exciting relatives. Admire the appearance and the peculiar habits of these armored beasts. Learn more about conservation of freshwater and sea turtles and how you can help!
Turtles existed before the dinosaurs and depending on the species they can live up to 100 years of age!
Turtles and Tortoises retract their heads into their shell when threatened. But Eastern Snakeneck Turtles bend their heads sideways into a skin flap at the side of their shell instead as their neck is so long!
There are fresh and salt water turtles, tortoises, terrapins and and turtles which live partly on land and partly in the water - but they all belong to the order Testudines!
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