There is no such thing as a turtle without a shell. The shell is a necessary part of anatomy that forms a protective barrier for the turtle's internal organs, since the turtle lacks independent bone structure on its abdo... More »

Turtles never come out of their shells. A turtle shell grows with the turtle, so there is no reason for a turtle to swap shells. If a turtle shell receives any damage, it can repair itself the same way as any other livin... More »

Preserving a turtle shell requires at least a week's worth of time, some elbow grease and a clear polyurethane sealer. It is also important to make sure it is legal to own a turtle shell. More »

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 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 »

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 »

To find the age of a snapping turtle, very carefully count the rings around one section of his shell while staying away from his powerful jaws. It is best to start counting the outer ring first and work toward the center... More »