-10 Most Beautiful Turtles In The World
In this fast-paced world, where people are preparing to colonize the mars but have we really explored the 100% of the world? No, we have not!
Here you go on an exploration of the beautiful creature who raced a rabbit and won (old school stories). Have you ever seen a turtle closely? Probably seen him crossing from the down street of your home or probably observed him on the shore while you were enjoying your favourite playlist, basking and scared you with his ugly appearance. We are going to interfere with the business of Turtles and their fancy lifestyle. Turtles, tortoise, and terrapin; all are the names for the hard-shelled, egg-laying reptiles. These magnificent creatures come in all shapes and sizes and live in several different environments. With more than 300 species of turtles in the world, here are the 10 most beautiful turtles that you will ever hear off.
Red Eared Slider
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 the majority of their time in the water. These turtles love sitting in the sun to warm their-selves, these wild red ears love to stack on top of each other while doing so. 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. Usually, they become inactive in winters, especially in October when temperature fall below 10 degrees they become entirely inactive and stop eating at all. These guys get sexually mature at the age of 5 to 6 years and their life expectancy is 30 years. Females reptiles are shy and dominant, that’s why courtship may take up to 45 minutes and the matting process can last 10 minutes. After mating, females usually roam outside water, searching for the perfect place to lay eggs. They can lay eggs too in captivity if quality environment provided. If you are willing to share your yard space with them these are the world’s most commonly reptile species kept as a pet because of low price low maintenance and its easy to arrange their food. These creatures carry an infection named as salmonella, but can be avoided by washing hands after handling them.
The Yellow-bellied slider is a subspecies of the pond turtle and is native to parts of the US and UK as well. It is the most common turtle in its range and is very much popular as an aquarium pet. Yellow-bellied slider is 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 these turtles has typical brown and black colouration, often bearing bright yellow strips which make them more prominent in all kinds of turtles. While the skin has an olive green colour with distinct yellow patches down the legs and neck region. These turtles 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. Their mating occurs in summer, spring and autumn in underwater, they can lay egg from 6 to 10 and hatching can take 3 months. Adult sliders feed on plants as they are omnivores, but juvenile feeds on insects and worm. When they reach the age of 2 years they also become omnivores and need to eat at once in a day. If you are willing to bring them home they can be your ultimate family member as they live 30 to 40 years of life.
Ringed Map Turtle
These ringed maps and dark, olive-brown turtles love to bask swim on the surface of the water. 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. These turtles with a beautiful pattern on their body 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 scales around the edge have yellow semicircle patterns and the under the shell is yellow, while the skin on the head and body is blackish with yellow stripes. These creatures feed primarily on snails, lobster, oyster and other crustacean found in freshwater. As like all other turtles, they guys also do matting underwater. Unlike others, ringed map females lay very less amount of eggs from 4 to 6 around rivers in pits with 90% mortality of eggs. Ringed map turtles are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN ( International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list as they thought to be threatened by pollution, habitat destruction in their aquatic habitats, and the risk of very destructive hurricanes.
These Radiated tortoises have very basic body shape, consisting of a high-doomed shell with yellow patches radiating from the dark spots of the shell. These elephantine feet tortoises have been seen in the southwestern part of the island of Madagascar, their lifespan range up-to 50 years. They are known to be a regular grazer. Thus, they feed on plants, fruits and succulent plants ( succulent plants are known for their water-storing ability in their structure). their matting process is very dangerous as many cases are recorded where the females have cracked the vaginal and anal cavities. This specie lay eggs three to twelves. These species of reptiles are very long-lived, as the oldest radiated tortoise age ever recorded was 188 years. They are red-listed by IUCN, commercial trade of radiated tortoise is illegal, which makes them the expensive tortoise in the list. Selling one radiated tortoise can feed your family for a year. Below pictures show the illegal trade of these reptiles, 10,000 tortoises kept in extremely bad condition in Madagascar, caught by government authorities.
Ornate Wood Turtle
Ornate wood turtle, also known as an ornate or painted wood turtle as they seemed to have a wooden showpiece pattern. This 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. This ornate wood turtle is known for coming in a variety of colours. Their diet is usually vegetables, protein and fruit. Reproduction process usually occurs in daylight, mostly in the early hours of the morning before the day gets hot. Females are approached by males, trying to turn the female up, these attempts can last from minutes to hours. It happens in or out water, or probably males dragged by females out of water inland for doing so. Females lay up to eggs from 3 to 5 in a year. Females excavate a pit 5 to 7 inch for egg nesting. Nest’s temperature decides the gender of new offspring.
The diamondback terrapin is an iconic and recognizable turtle of the coastal salt marshes of the northeastern United States because of their beauty and their diamond shape shell. These cute face turtles look much like they are freshwater relatives, but are well adapted to the nearshore marine environment. They do need fresh water to stay hydrated. Their carapace is covered with scutes (scale) that have diamond-shaped concentric growth rings inside, where the growth rings may be a different colour than the rest of the shell. They have several adaptions that allow them to survive in varying salinities, where they can live in full-strength saltwater for extended periods and their skin is largely impermeable to salt. Terrapins behave strangely while quenching their thirst with fresh water, they come upon freshwater surface layer and raise their head into the air with their mouths open to catch the water drops of rain. These fishy face turtles are a carnivore. They feed on eating insects, worms, snails and crabs as well. They live 50 years in the world.
Mating occurs in early spring and eggs are laid from 4 to 22 in sand dunes in summer. Hatching may start in late summer. Javelins reach the age of maturity at the age of 2 to 3 years, females can take longer from 8 to ten years. Because they spend more time in the water, females have to come on shores lay eggs in June.
Did you know? In the year 2017, these innocent and cute looking terrapins blocked the runway of New York City’s JFK airport. Not for the purpose of the protest, but to cross the runways to lay their eggs on sandy land.
Indian Star Tortoise
Found in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka mostly. This type of tortoise is popular for its beautiful markings and small size. It has brown-black carapace with beige and yellow, star-shaped markings which provide camouflage while the plastron (belly shell) is black-coloured with yellow stripes. The carapace is olive to light brown, with conspicuous black spiny projections on the keel. Each costal scute has an irregular bright yellow or orange blotch. Meanwhile, the plastron is cream-coloured with a black pattern along scute seams. As rainy season come from June to November in India, mating in these reptiles start, after 60 to 90 days of past mating females start sniffing the land in the evening to look for the perfect nest. They lay 1 to 10 eggs per clutch, per year clutches are usually 1 to 9.
These endangered creatures, bask to warm themselves. It spends much of the day basking on these fallen trees and quickly jumps into the water. Their behaviour is dangerous when handled, there is a possibility that you might get your hand bitten. On the other hand, the juveniles remain calm and withdraw into their shells. The Indian star tortoise inhabits dry and arid forests, scrublands and grasslands. These reptiles are in endangered by the pet trade, as they are being served as food and kept as a pet. That’s why they are red-listed by IUCN.
The geometric tortoise’s home is a small silver of fragmented lowland habitat. Geometric tortoise is one of the most beautiful tortoises, which makes it among the world’s rarest tortoise. The convex-shaped shell of the geometric tortoise has a bright yellow starred pattern on a black background and a similar, but duller, the 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. These reptiles species are herbivores, mainly feeds on flowers, plants and leaves. Little is known about their reproduction, when female lay eggs, she covers it with plants or vegetation. Their behaviour towards humans is shy when notice being observed. It’s one of the eye-catching creatures in tortoise list, with its attractive pattern of yellow stars on its miniature shell. But sometimes being the pin-up of the tortoise world can be a bad thing. Illegal collection of geometric tortoises has wiped out enter population. The saddest thing about taking them from the wild is that very few survive in captivity, making their removal a tragic waste.
Green Sea turtle
At first glance, green sea turtles are not very green at all. This is because their names come from the colour of their green fat tissue that is commonly used to make turtle soup. Green sea turtles are also known as the green turtles, extends throughout tropical and subtropical areas around the world, with distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but it is also found in the Indian ocean. Colour of its carapace, which can include shades of different colours including dark brown, green, olive-yellow and black. Adult green sea turtles are fully herbivores, on the other hand, juveniles eat jellyfish and sponge. They get sexually mature at the age of 25 to 30 years, their matting process is determined by the temperature of the eggs in the nests. Like, all the sea turtles green sea turtles have to come onshore to lay their eggs. They lay around a hundred soft shell eggs and covers them with sand and return to the sea. Eggs will incubate for 60 days before hatching. In the hatching process, if the temperature is warmer it will result in more females, while the cold temperature will result in the male turtle. They are listed as an endangered species as their population is decreasing day by day. Despite they lay numerous amount of eggs. The reason behind all this is, they are accidentally killed by boat propellers and destruction of their eggs by human encroachment.