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Fun Facts

Some turtles can live to be over 100 years old!

Antarctica is the only continent where turtles have never been seen in the wild.

The turtle shells grow! Turtles don’t lose or swap their shells as they grow.

A turtle’s shell is attached to its spine; turtles can feel pain through their shell.


TurtleShell3dmodel00.jpga315c69f-6be0-4d4a-9095-08bf6a2a5ec3OriginalThere are 250 species of turtles!

The painted turtle is the only species of turtle that is not at risk in Ontario.

Turtles do not have ears to hear; they only feel vibrations.

Turtles have a great sense of smell and eyesight.

Turtles were around back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.


Turtles are cold-blooded; they absorb heat from the sun.

All turtles lay their eggs on land.

A group of turtles is called a bale.

Aquatic turtles must be in the water to eat.

Not all turtles hibernate.

Some land turtles can outrun humans!


Turtles cannot stick out their tongue.

Some turtles have hinges on their shells and can close up like a box.

Turtles are born with an egg tooth that helps them break out of their shell.

Baby turtles circle their nest once after hatching, before heading to the water.

A single turtle nest may have babies from various fathers.