A Turtle's ShellA turtle's shell consists of two layers.
The inner layer is made up of bony plates and is
actually part of the skeleton. Most turtles that
live on land have a high, domed shell. Those that
live in water have a flatter, more streamlined
Sea Turtle (Dermochelys
coriaces) The largest sea turtle in the world
averages 4 to 6 feet in length and weighs between
600 and 1,100 pounds. The leatherback gets its
name from the fact that, instead of a hard shell,
it has a leathery carapace composed of a mosaic
of small bones covered by a firm rubbery skin.
Pond Turtle (Emys
Although this species exhibits variations in
coloration throughout its range, there is usually
some light speckling on a dark background color.
It is found in southern and
central Europe, into northwestern Africa and
humid areas of the Middle East and Central Asia,
as far east as the Aral Sea.