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Free Turtles & Tortoises Clipart

Free Tortoise and Turtle clipart, images, pictures, illustrations gif bitmaps, leather back, loggerhead, musk, painted, snapping, terrapin, boxshell, soft shell, spiny, skeleton, Galapagos tortoises, Tortoises can grow very big and live for a 100 years. Selections of both colour and black and white turtle and tortoise cliparts are available. Please do not use them in any other collections of clipart. To download a thumbnail left click on the picture and then "Save As" to a directory of your choice.

                                                                                         

To download the full size image, first right click on the thumbnail and then left click on the full size image and "Save As" to a directory of your choice.

 

Turtles are reptiles of the Order Testudines (all living turtles belong to the crown group Chelonia), most of whose body is shielded by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs. The Order Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species.  About 300 species are alive today, and some are highly endangered. Turtles cannot breathe in water, but they can hold their breath for various periods of time. Like other reptiles, turtles are "cold-blooded" (or ectotherms varying their internal temperature according to the ambient environment). Like other amniotes (reptiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals), they breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. The largest turtles are aquatic.

                                                                                     

Tortoises or land turtles are land-dwelling reptiles of the family of Testudinidae, order Testudines. Like their marine cousins, the sea turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The tortoise has both an endoskeleton and an exoskeleton. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters. Tortoises tend to be diurnal animals with tendencies to be crepuscular depending on the ambient temperatures. They are generally reclusive animals.

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