About Turtles

Turtles are reptiles that belong to the testudine family, which comprises of turtles, tortoises and terrapins. This order of reptiles is characterised by their hard, cartilaginous shell, which is actually part of their skin. Members of the turtle family date back 157 million years making them more ancient than any other reptile including crocodiles and snakes.

Like all reptiles, turtles are ectotherms meaning that they regulate their body temperate using external sources like the sun. Although aquatic turtles spend most of their time in water, they breathe air and lay their eggs on land making them amniotes. 

A turtles diet may vary depending on their species morphology and habitat. For example, sea turtles usually feed on jellyfish or sea sponges where as the green sea turtle is completely herbivorous. The main difference between turtles and tortoises is that turtles have flippers for life in the water. Tortoises live on land so have legs.

In Australia, The Great Barrier Reef is home to the beautiful green turtle. Unfortunately, green turtle populations are decreasing due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Increasing water temperatures have had a major impact on the reef, which in turn affects the green turtles food source.

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Aussie Sharks are Lazy When it Comes To Meal Time
New research shows tiger sharks would rather feast on dead turtles off the Australian coast rather than risking the chance of injury by fighting live ones.
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19,000 Sea Turtle Eggs Seized in Anti-Smuggling Operation
In this week’s crime blotter: Filipinos detained on suspicion of smuggling, an ivory kingpin jailed for 20 years, and seized pangolin scales worth $1.8 million.
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How GPS Can Help Save the World's Most Endangered Sea Turtles
Tracking hawksbill turtles by satellite is yielding information crucial to the fight to save them from poachers, traffickers, and hunters.
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Gulf Oil Spill
Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.
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Why Life Is So Tough for Sea Turtles
Ocean trash and an epidemic virus are wreaking havoc on the marine reptiles, which have been beating the odds for millennia.
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See Turtles Hatch In Front Of Your Eyes
In an Aussie first, scientists have timed the hatching of loggerhead turtles
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Are You Braver Than A Sea Turtle?
The presence of sharks doesn’t cause sea turtles to alter their behaviour, according to new research

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