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.Continue Reading
Newborn turtles often have so little mass that they barely register on a scale, and female turtles are often heavier than male turtles due to their larger size.
A simple box turtle found in suburban backyards typically weighs between 1 pound and 2 pounds. The common snapping turtle weighs between 9 pounds and 35 pounds, depending on its age, sex and size. One of the widest turtle weight ranges is seen in the leatherback sea turtle, which weighs less than 1 pound at birth and up to 700 pounds at full maturity.Learn more about Turtles
The number of eggs turtles lay varies significantly by species. For instance, different kinds of sea turtles lay between 50 and 200 eggs. These eggs resemble ping pong balls but have soft shells. The female deposits the eggs on shore in a sandy pit she has dug with her flippers.Full Answer >
To identify the species of a turtle, examine the shell, head, color, location and size. Leg and toe shape are also key factors in determining a turtle's type.Full Answer >
According to the Smithsonian Institution, how long a turtle can stay underwater depends on the species, locality and temperature. During hibernation, painted turtles remain underwater through the entire winter. The Fitzroy River turtle can stay underwater almost indefinitely through an adaptation of its cloaca.Full Answer >
The speckled padloper tortoise, scientific name Homopus signatus, is the smallest turtle species in the world. Adults of the species reach a maximum length of 3 inches and weigh just 3 ounces.Full Answer >