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... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

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. More »

Pet turtles may live up to 100 years of age in exceptional circumstances, but the average lifespan of most pet turtles is 40 to 50 years, according to The largest land tortoises live even longer, reaching up t... More »

Painted turtles eat carrion small fish, freshwater crustaceans, aquatic insects, plant leaves and algae. The hatchlings are largely carnivorous and add more plants to their diets as they mature. More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

Neither freshwater nor marine turtles mate for life. A female turtle often mates with several males before nesting season and then stores the sperm. Because her eggs are fertilized by a variety of males, genetic diversit... More »

Alligator snapping turtles have spiky shells, scaled tails, spines on their legs and beak-like mouths. These unique features give this reptile a distinctly prehistoric look; it is often called the "dinosaur of the turtle... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

Pet turtles require a balanced diet that includes commercial turtle pellets, leafy green vegetables, mealworms, crickets, waxworms and fruit. Mixing and matching a variety of foods each day is ideal for a turtle's diet. More »