Turtles are a group of reptiles from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. You can see these amazing reptiles in the following animated images below.
Their main characteristic is to possess a strong shell that protects their internal organs and covers the animal’s entire torso.
Turtle Animated Pictures
The shell was designed as a vital box made of bone and cartilage. This shell grows next to the animal and is part of its vertebral column to take refuge inside.
This order of reptiles is known zoologically as Testudines. It is estimated that they emerged 250 million years ago, in the Triassic period of the Mesozoic era.
This means that they are the oldest reptiles that still populate the Earth, adapted to different habitats and living incredibly long lives.
There are about 356 different turtle species on all continents (except Antarctica), with very diverse sizes, proportions, diets, and habitats.
Turtles are in danger of extinction due to human hunting, which devours their eggs and uses their shells for decoration.
Before the invention of plastic, the human was used to obtaining the hawksbill from eyeglass frames. It also due to the pollution of their habitats.
Turtles have a great adaptation. It is known that, according to the particular diet of the turtles, so will be the arrangement of its jaw and mouth.
For example, some sea turtles (green turtles) have jagged beaks capable of pulling up seaweed and seagrass. In contrast, other subspecies (loggerhead turtles) have powerful jaws that make it easier for them to break seashells and snails.
On the other hand, there are turtles (leatherback turtle) with a pointed beak capable of piercing jellyfish.
These turtles are used to hibernate during the winter period, which is very important for their health because it benefits the metabolism during this rest period.
Usually, the hibernation starts around the end of October and lasts until February; the turtles’ ideal temperature to return to look for food supplies must not be below 5° and never above 10°.
Hibernation induces the turtles to a long period of sleepiness and lack of appetite. It seems explicit to stop digestion, blood flow is reduced, and the immune system becomes less effective or non-existent.
Therefore, the moment to understand that your turtle is about to go into hibernation is when you notice that it begins to eat less and sleep more.
When the turtle goes into hibernation, its stomach must be empty, and only then it will dig a hole to bury itself and protect itself until the end of this long period of rest.
In this regard, to facilitate their hibernation, it is advisable to protect the place as much as possible. And therefore cover the hole with leaves or straw and, in some cases, even tissue.