10 Most Beautiful Turtles In The World

10 Most Beautiful Turtles In The World

Turtle, tortoise, and terrapin are all names
for the hard-shelled, egg-laying reptiles in the taxonomic order Chelonia. Basically, they’re all turtles. These magnificent creatures come in all shapes
and sizes and live in a number of different environments. With more than 300 species of turtles in the
world, here are the 10 most beautiful turtles in the world. Number 10. Native to the southern United States and northern
Mexico, the red eared sliders are often found in slow-moving streams, creeks, lakes, ponds
and marshes with a fresh and warm water supply. The red-eared sliders are strong swimmers
and will spend a majority of their time in the water. They bask a lot too, and during warm, sunny
days, wild red-ears love to stack on top of each other while doing so. The slightest movement or sound will send
them sliding off their rocks or logs and back into the water, this, coupled with the red
ear mark on both sides of their heads, gives them their common name. The red-eared slider has a long history in
the pet trade, and it has been kept for many years by a wide variety of hobbyists, both
beginners and veterans. Being one of the most common turtles found
for sale in pet stores across the U.S. and overseas, this turtle is available in various
types of morphs as they are being bred in captivity. Number 9. The Yellow-Bellied Slider is a subspecies
of the pond turtle and is native to parts of the US. It is the most common turtle in its range
and is very much popular as an aquarium pet. Yellow-bellied slides are often confused with
the red-eared sliders, which have red or orange stripes down the sides of their heads unlike
the former, since they both have features in common, as also, share their natural range. The shell of this turtle has a typical brown
and black coloration, often bearing bright yellow stripes, while the skin has an olive
green color with distinct yellow patches down the legs and neck region. Yellow-bellied sliders mostly prefer still
water bodies like ponds and are found in slow-moving rivers, marshes, floodplain swamps, and frequently
colonizes seasonal wetlands like Carolina bays. Number 8. Only found in the Pearl River system in Mississippi
and Louisiana, the ringed map turtles prefer wide rivers, with either a clay or sandy bottom,
that have moderate to strong currents. They require areas with abundant basking sites
formed by debris and fallen trees. Males and females of the ringed map turtles
have dark olive shells with some yellow and orange spots on the scutes (scales). The scutes around the edge have yellow semicircle
patterns and the under shell is yellow, while the skin on the head and body is blackish
with yellow stripes. There is a large yellow stripe on top of the
head that runs from the tip of snout to behind the eyes, whereas the legs have one or two
stripes that run along their length. Ringed map turtles are listed as vulnerable
on the IUCN Red List as they are thought to be threatened by pollution, habitat destruction
in their aquatic habitats, and the risk of very destructive hurricanes. Capture for the pet trade is also placing
this species at risk. Number 7. Only occuring naturally in the extreme southern
and southwestern part of the island of Madagascar, the radiated tortoise can grow to a shell
length of up to 16 inches (41 centimeters) and weighing up to 35 pounds (16 kilograms). It has the basic tortoise body shape, which
consists of the high-domed shell, a blunt head and elephantine feet. The carapace (upper shell) of the radiated
tortoise is brilliantly marked with yellow lines radiating from the center of each dark
plate of the shell, hence the name radiated tortoise. This star pattern is more finely detailed
and intricate than the normal pattern of other star-patterned tortoise species, such as the
Indian star tortoise. With the lifespan of up to 50 years, this
tortoise feeds during the day primarily on grasses, fruit and succulent plants. They known to graze regularly in the same
area, thus keeping the vegetation in that area closely trimmed. Number 6. Also known as the ornate or painted Wood Turtle,
the central american wood turtle is found in wild habitats from northern Costa Rica
to southern Nicaragua. Being a smart, sociable and well-tempered
turtle, this species is a popular and common wood turtle within the pet trade. The Central American Wood Turtle is known
for coming in a variety of colors. Individuals that are from Costa Rica will
showcase bright colors, while the ones from Nicaragua will be more subdued. Some of these turtles will really stand out
with yellow and orange swirls and different degrees of black eyespots on their carapace. Along with a varied diet of leafy greens,
protein, fruits and vegetables, they require additional calcium to insure healthy shell
growth. Unlike aquatic turtles, the central american
wood turtles don’t require water in order to swallow their food. Number 5. The diamondback terrapin or simply terrapin,
is a species of turtle native to the brackish coastal tidal marshes of the eastern and southern
United States, and in Bermuda. The carapace of the diamondback terrapin varies
in color from brownish or greenish to grayish or nearly black. Their scaly, gray or whitish skin is covered
with black spots or streaks. The carapace is covered with scutes that have
diamond-shaped concentric growth rings inside, where the growth rings may be a different
color than the rest of the shell. Terrapins look much like their freshwater
relatives, but are well adapted to the near shore marine environment. They have several adaptations that allow them
to survive in varying salinities, where they can live in full strength salt water for extended
periods of time and their skin is largely impermeable to salt. Terrapins also exhibit unusual and sophisticated
behavior to obtain fresh water, including drinking the freshwater surface layer that
can accumulate on top of salt water during rainfall,
and raising their heads into the air with mouths open to catch falling rain drops. Number 4. Found in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the
indian star tortoise inhabits dry and arid forests, scrublands and grasslands. It has dark brown or black carapace with beige
and yellow, star-shaped markings which provide camouflage while the plastron (belly shell),
is black-colored with yellow stripes. The shape of this creature is presumed to
be specially adapted to naturally assist it to return to a stable stance after it has
been turned over. During dry, hot weather Indian star tortoises
are mostly active during the early morning and late afternoon. The rest of the day, these tortoises shelter
under vegetation or other cover. During the rainy season however, their activity
level increases tremendously and they can be observed moving around and feeding during
much of the day. Being a popular species in the exotic pet
trade, the indian star tortoise is now considered as endangered. Number 3. The yellow-blotched map turtle is a medium-sized
turtle that inhabits river sections with moderate current, sand and clay bottom with many sand
bars, or rocky bottom with limestone ledges along banks. The carapace is olive to light brown, with
conspicuous black spiny projections on keel (top of the shell). Each costal scute has an irregular bright
yellow or orange blotch. Meanwhile, the plastron is cream-colored with
a black pattern along scute seams. Yellow-blotched map turtles, like all the
other map turtles, bask to warm themselves. It spends much of the day basking on these
fallen trees and quickly jumps into the water when approached. It is very difficult to approach them. Females may bite when handled, but males and
juveniles remain calm, and withdraw into their shells. Number 2. Found in the Kalahari Desert and Cape Province
of South African, the geometric tortoise is one of the rarest tortoise species in the
world. The convex-shaped shell of the geometric tortoise
has a bright yellow starred pattern on a black background and a similar, but duller, less-defined
pattern on the underside. It is superficially very similar to the more
common and widespread tent tortoise but differs from it in that,
in the geometric tortoise, the marginal shields are higher than they are wide and there are
no buttock tubercles on the back of the hind legs. The front legs are covered with unequal-sized
scales and the front feet have five toes. With only 2000 to 3000 individuals exist today,
this tortoise is threatened for a number of reasons including loss of habitat,
its eggs are a source of food for the African people and traders capture the adults for
their shells which are used to make decorative items. Number 1. The green sea turtle, also known as the green
turtle, extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations
in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but it is also found in the Indian Ocean. The common name refers to the usually green
fat found beneath its carapace, not to the color of its carapace, which can include shades
of different colours, including dark brown, green, olive, yellow and black. Green sea turtles are considered endangered
by the IUCN and face a multitude of threats, including habitat loss, harvesting of their
eggs, damage to nesting beaches and entanglement in fishing gear. They are one of the largest sea turtle species,
but interestingly, are also the only one that’s completely herbivorous. Albinism within this species occurs, but most
of the new albino hatchlings don’t survive too long as their unusual colouring makes
them especially vulnerable to predators. However, if they do survive into adulthood,
the albino sea turtles are a sight to behold. They are truly one beautiful majestic creature.

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