Turtle Pictures

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Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Galapagos giant tortoise - Geochelone elephantopus
Galapagos giant tortoise - Geochelone elephantopus. Photo © Volanthevist / Getty Images.

Turtles may be slow but their gifts lie not in their speed but in their longevity. Turtles have been around since the dawn of the dinosaurs and are older than many other reptiles alive today including lizards, snakes and crocodiles. Here you can explore a collection of pictures and photographs of these ancient, shell-toting reptiles.

The Galapagos tortoise is the largest of all living land turtles. It can grow to a length of more than 6 feet and can weigh in excess of 880 pounds. The Galapagos tortoise is a native of the Galapagos Islands, where it inhabits 7 of the 18 main islands in the archipelago.

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Side-Necked Turtle

Side-necked turtle - Pleurodira
Side-necked turtle - Pleurodira. Photo courtesy Shutterstock.

Side-necked turtles are one of the two modern groups of turtles and include about 76 species. Side-necked turtles are so named because they fold their neck and head sideways and tuck it under the edge of the shell. Their head, when tucked in, lies close to the shoulder.

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Side-Necked Turtle

Side-necked turtle - Pleurodira
Side-necked turtle - Pleurodira. Photo © Gianna Stadelmyer / Shutterstock.

Side-necked turtles are one of the two modern groups of turtles and include about 76 species. Side-necked turtles are so named because they fold their neck and head sideways and tuck it under the edge of the shell. Their head, when tucked in, lies close to the shoulder.

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Russian Tortoise

Russian tortoise - Testudo horsfieldii
Russian tortoise - Testudo horsfieldii. Photo © Petrichuk / iStockphoto.

The Russian tortoise, also known as the Central Asian tortoise, is a small land turtle that inhabits northwestern China, Afghanistan, Russia, Pakistan and other countries throughout Central Asia. In September of 1968, the Russian tortoise earned the impressive distinction of being the first tortoise in space when it flew around the moon on a Soviet-run deep space mission.

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Russian Tortoise

Russian tortoise - Testudo horsfieldii
Russian tortoise - Testudo horsfieldii. Photo © Petrichuk / iStockphoto.

The Russian tortoise, also known as the Central Asian tortoise, is a small land turtle that inhabits northwestern China, Afghanistan, Russia, Pakistan and other countries throughout Central Asia. In September of 1968, the Russian tortoise earned the impressive distinction of being the first tortoise in space when it flew around the moon on a Soviet-run deep space mission.

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle - Caretta caretta
Loggerhead sea turtle - Caretta caretta. Photo © Arisrt / iStockphoto.

The loggerhead sea turtle is a marine turtle that inhabits the temperate and tropical waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Their range is the most widespread of any sea turtle species.

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Hidden-Necked Turtle

Hidden-necked turtle - Cryptodira
Hidden-necked turtle - Cryptodira. Photo © Dhoxax / Shutterstock.

Hidden-necked turtles are the more diverse of the two modern groups of turtles. The hidden-necked turtles include over 200 species. Hidden-necked turtles are so named because they retract their neck inwards along the axis of the spine, curving it in an S shape along the spinal plane so that their head moves directly into the shell.

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Hidden-Necked Turtle

Hidden-necked turtle - Cryptodira
Hidden-necked turtle - Cryptodira. Photo © John Rawsterne / Shutterstock.

Hidden-necked turtles are the more diverse of the two modern groups of turtles. The hidden-necked turtles include over 200 species. Hidden-necked turtles are so named because they retract their neck inwards along the axis of the spine, curving it in an S shape along the spinal plane so that their head moves directly into the shell.

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Hidden-Necked Turtle

Hidden-necked turtle - Cryptodira
Hidden-necked turtle - Cryptodira. Photo © Picstudio / Dreamstime.

Hidden-necked turtles are the more diverse of the two modern groups of turtles. The hidden-necked turtles include over 200 species. Hidden-necked turtles are so named because they retract their neck inwards along the axis of the spine, curving it in an S shape along the spinal plane so that their head moves directly into the shell.

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Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtle - Chelonia mydas
Green sea turtle - Chelonia mydas. Photo © Dejan750 / iStockphoto.

The green sea turtle is an endangered species of marine turtle that inhabits tropical and subtropical oceans around the globe.

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Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Galapagos giant tortoise - Geochelone elephantopus
Galapagos giant tortoise - Geochelone elephantopus. Photo © Gerry Ellis / Getty Images.

The Galapagos tortoise is the largest of all living land turtles. It can grow to a length of more than 6 feet and can weigh in excess of 880 pounds. The Galapagos tortoise is a native of the Galapagos Islands, where it inhabits 7 of the 18 main islands in the archipelago.

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Box Turtle

Box turtle - Terrapene
Box turtle - Terrapene. Photo © Jamie Wilson / iStockphoto.

Box turtles are a group of turtles native to North America. Box turtles inhabit a wide range of habitats such as woodlands, grasslands, deserts and semi-deserts. There are four species of box turtles, the common box turtle, Coahuilan box turtle, spotted box turtle and ornate box turtle.

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