The Hare and the Tortoise. The tortoise crosses the finish line ahead of the hare. Slow and steady wins…
"Snapping turtle."-Whitney, 1902
Posessing a nearly perfectly hemispherical shell, the American box turtle ranges from Canada to Florida.…
Ranging throughout the Northern and Middle States, Blanding's box-tortoise measures seven to inches…
A pair of turtle doves roosting on a branch.
A pictorial banner illustrated with a bear and elephant holding up a cloth banner.
The Hawksbill turtle is a sea turtle with many distinguishing characteristics. It has a beak like mouth,…
The imbricated turtle at sea.
Averaging six inches in length, the mud-tortoise is evenly distributed throughout the United States.
The musk tortoise draws its namesake from its strong musky odor. It is found from Maine to Florida.
A frame surrounded by various reptiles.
The underside of a turtle or tortoise shell.
Skeleton of a tortoise, seen from below, the plastron having been removed. (ca) carapace.
The underside view of a tortoise skeleton.
Common around New York and the surrounding regions, the red-bellied terrapin averages ten to seventeen…
The salt-water terrapin lives in salt or brackish water along the sea-coast, buying itself in the mud…
The smooth terrapin is found from Rhode island southward along the eastern coast of the United States.
An illustration of a tortoise reaching his goal along a long path.
An illustration of a tortoise with a top hat and an umbrella.
"This species lives in stagnant water, and is altogether remarkable for its singular appearance."
A Box Tortoise
A tortoise having plastron hinged, so that the shell can be made to close upon entirely conceal the…
Primarily nocturnal, the matamata tortoise of South America feeds on small reptiles and fish.
"They are very abundant in Europe. Their flesh is eaten in many countries."
Feeding primarily on worms and insects, the spotted tortoise averages three to four inches in length.
An illustration of a turtle on a log.
"The river-tortoises only rarely come on land. The toes are united up to the claws by broad, flexible…
Hawk's-bill Turtle (chelonia imbricata).
An imbrcated turtle on land.
An imbricated turtle, flipped onto its back, revealing its underbelly.
The leatherback turtle (once known as the leathery turtle) is remarkable among turtles for its shell;…
"Turtle is, in zoology, the popular name for any species of the Cheloniidæ. They may be distinguished…
Skeleton of a turtle.
Inhabiting freshwater areas of the United States, the snapping turtle feeds on frogs and fishes.
"The turtle, adapted for swimming and diving, the extremities being relatively larger than in the seal,…
An illustration of a domestic turtle-dove.
Sometimes referred to as the fresh-water terrapin, the wood-terrapin ranges from Canada to Pennsylvania.