The largest ever recorded turtle was a leatherback turtle that weighed in at 2,016 pounds and was 9 feet long. It died after becoming trapped in fishing lines.Continue Reading
Scientists believe the turtle was around 100 years old. It is currently on display at the National Museum Cardiff in the United Kingdom.
According to NOAA, leatherback turtles normally weigh between 550 pounds and 2,000 pounds and grow up to 6 feet in length. Leatherback turtles can be found to the far north, all the way to Canada and the northern Pacific Ocean. They tend to nest in tropical waters, with known nesting grounds in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and southeastern Florida.Learn more about Turtles
There are two types of snapping turtles: the common snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle, both of which are relatively large predatory freshwater turtles. Alligator snapping turtles are the larger of the two species, weighing up to 180 pounds, making them the largest freshwater turtles in the world. They have powerful and sharply hooked jaws for catching prey and defending against predation.Full Answer >
Predators to the turtle vary depending on the habitat and age of the turtle. For example, a sea turtle's natural predators include killer whales, sharks and other large fish. The tiger shark is one of the sea turtle's most dangerous enemies.Full Answer >
According to the California Turtle and Tortoise Club, it is nearly impossible to accurately estimate the age of a tortoise or turtle, unless it was acquired from an early age. The practice of counting growth rings, while helpful with trees, is only partially accurate with smaller tortoises and turtles.Full Answer >
Different species of turtles have different weights. While a green sea turtle weighs up to 700 pounds, a speckled tortoise weighs less than 1 pound. Weight also depends on the turtle's age and sex.Full Answer >