- Tortoise on grassImage by Flickr.com, courtesy of Audrey
Baby aquatic turtles live primarily in the water. Baby tortoises live primarily on land. Many turtles are semi-aquatic or semi-terrestrial, spending time in water and on land. All turtles breathe air and lay their eggs on land.
- Tiny baby turtleImage by Flickr.com, courtesy of Mike Garli
Like most reptiles, baby turtles look like tiny versions of adults. Since mother turtles leave after laying the eggs, babies must fend for themselves from the moment they hatch.
- Basking freshwater turtleImage by Flickr.com, courtesy of Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic
Some species live in fresh water ponds, slow-moving streams or swamps. Many baby pet store turtles are semi-aquatic or semi-terrestrial, including the box turtle and red-eared slider.
- Sea TurtleImage by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steve Jurvetson
Sea turtles live in the ocean, where they can swim at speeds of 20 miles per hour. Sea turtles are endangered due to over-hunting and loss of habitat.
- Tortoise on the MoveImage by Flickr.com, courtesy of Cliff
Land turtles, also known as tortoises, range in size from 5 or 6 inches to the enormous 5 or 6 foot Galapagos Island tortoises.
- Tortoise eating strawberriesImage by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steve Jurvetson
Many turtles are omnivores. Snapping turtles are carnivores, while Galapagos Island tortoises are herbivores. Turtles take years to reach sexual maturity. Box turtles can live to over 100 years.