Do Turtles Have Backbones?


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Turtles have backbones. According to Scholastic, turtles are reptiles, and all reptiles have backbones. A turtle's shell has upper and lower parts, the carapace and plastron, respectively, which are connected to the animal's backbone, ribs, shoulders and hips.

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Both sections of the shell are made up of small bony plates that are covered with thin scales called laminae. They are made from a substance similar to human fingernails. The scales provide color -- typically brown, black or green -- for the turtle's shell; however, some are more colorful. For instance, spotted turtles have brightly colored dots on their shells while painted turtles have red, yellow or orange borders around their shells.

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