Interesting Things About Turtles
1. Turtles have been on the earth for more than 200 million years. They evolved before mammals, birds, crocodiles, snakes and even lizards.
2. The earliest turtles had teeth and could not retract their heads, but other than this, modern turtles are very similar to their original ancestors.
3. Several species of turtles can live to be over a hundred years of age including the American Box Turtle.
4. One documented case of longevity involves an adult Indian Ocean Giant Tortoise that when captured as an adult was estimated to be fifty years old. It then lived another 152 years in captivity.
5. Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.
6. Turtles will live in almost any climate warm enough to allow them to complete their breeding cycle.
6. While most turtles don't tolerate the cold well, the Blanding's turtle has been observed swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region.