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. More »

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 ... More »

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. More »

Physical characteristics in mature box turtles that may indicate gender are the shape of the bottom of the shell, the thickness of the tail, the length of the claws, the color of the eyes and the location of the anus. Th... More »

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. More »

The diet of sea turtles varies by species and size. Some are generalists that consume fish, jellyfish and crustaceans, while others feed exclusively on a single prey, such as sponges. While adult sea turtles are only vul... More »

The age of a snapping turtle is determined by counting the number of rings on its shell, or carapace. The shell is living bone that is covered with keratin, the same material found in human hair and fingernails. As the s... More »