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Trivia quiz questions with answers about turtles

What is a turtle?
A: Turtles are an order of reptiles known as Testudines, characterized by a shell developed mainly from their ribs.

Modern turtles are divided into what two major groups?
A: The side-necked turtles and hidden neck turtles, which differ in the way the head retracts.

How many living and recently extinct species of turtles, including land-dwelling tortoises and freshwater terrapins are there?
A: 360.

Where are turtles found?
A: On most continents, some islands and, in the case of sea turtles, much of the ocean.

Like other reptiles, birds, and mammals, they breathe air and do not do what?
A: Lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water.


Genetic evidence typically places them in close relation to what?
A: Crocodilians and birds.

Turtle shells are made mostly of what?
A: Bone; the upper part is the domed carapace, while the underside is the flatter plastron or belly-plate.

Its outer surface is covered in scales made of what?
A: Keratin, the material of hair, horns, and claws.

The carapace bones develop from ribs that grow sideways and develop into what?
A: Broad flat plates that join up to cover the body.

Turtles are ectotherms or "cold-blooded", meaning what?
A: That their internal temperature varies with their direct environment.


They are generally opportunistic omnivores and mainly feed on what?
A: Plants and animals with limited movements.

Sea turtles are the only reptiles that migrate long distances to do what?
A: To lay their eggs on a favored beach.

Turtles have appeared in what around the world?
A: Myths and folktales

Some terrestrial and freshwater species are widely kept as what?
A: Pets.

Turtles have been hunted for what?
A: Their meat, for use in traditional medicine, and for their shells.


How are sea turtles often killed accidentally?
A: As bycatch in fishing nets.

Turtle habitats around the world are being what?
A: Destroyed.

As a result of these pressures, many species are threatened with what?
A: Extinction.

What is the largest living species of turtle?
A: The leatherback turtle, which can reach over 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in) in length and weigh over 500 kg (1,100 lb).

What is the smallest living turtle?
A: The Chersobius signatus of South Africa, measuring no more than 10 cm (3.9 in) in length and weighing 172 g (6.1 oz).


The shell of a turtle is unique among vertebrates and serves to do what?
A: To protect the animal and provide shelter from the elements.

Land-dwelling turtles are more dome-shaped, which appears to make them what?
A: More resistant to being crushed by large animals.

Aquatic turtles have flatter, smoother shells that allow them to do what?
A: Cut through the water.

Some turtle species have pointy or spiked shells that provide what?
A: Extra protection from predators and camouflage against the leafy ground.

The lumps of a tortoise shell can tilt its body when it gets flipped over, allowing it to do what?
A: Flip back.


In male tortoises, the tip of the plastron is thickened and used for what?
A: Butting and ramming during combat.

All turtle species have how many neck vertebrae?
A: Eight.

Due to their heavy shells, turtles are what on land?
A: Slow-moving.

How fast can a desert tortoise move?
A: At only 0.22–0.48 km/h (0.14–0.30 mph).

By contrast, sea turtles can swim how fast?
A:  30 km/h (19 mph).

The limbs of turtles are adapted for various means of locomotion, and most have how many toes?
A: Five.


Tortoises are specialized for terrestrial environments and have what?
A: Column-like legs with elephant-like feet and short toes.

The gopher tortoise has flattened front limbs for doing what?
A: Digging in the substrate.

Freshwater turtles have more flexible legs and longer toes with what?
A: Webbing, giving them thrust in the water.

Some of these species, such as snapping turtles and mud turtles, mainly walk where?
A: Along the water bottom, as they would on land.

Others, such as terrapins, swim by paddling with all four limbs, switching between the opposing front and hind limbs, does what?
A: It keeps their direction stable.

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