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sea turtle in turtle British & World English

A large marine reptile with a bony or leathery shell and flippers, coming ashore annually on sandy beaches to lay eggs

mud turtle British & World English

Any of a number of drab-coloured freshwater turtles that often haul themselves out on to mudbanks, in particular:

musk turtle British & World English

A small drab-coloured American freshwater turtle which has scent glands that produce an unpleasant musky odour when the turtle is disturbed

map turtle British & World English

A small North American freshwater turtle with bold patterns on the shell and head

box turtle British & World English

A land-living turtle which has a lower shell with hinged lobes that can be drawn up tightly to enclose the animal. It is native to North America and Mexico and is commonly kept as a pet in the US

green turtle British & World English

A sea turtle with an olive-brown shell, often living close to the coast and extensively hunted for food

leathery turtle British & World English

Another term for leatherback.

painted turtle British & World English

A small American freshwater turtle with a smooth shell and colorful patterns of red, yellow, and black that appear along the border of the carapace and (in certain subspecies) on the plastron

ridley British & World English

A small turtle of tropical seas

stinkpot turtle in stinkpot British & World English

An American musk turtle with a domed shell, typically living in muddy-bottomed waters and producing a strong unpleasant smell when disturbed

spotted turtle British & World English

A North American freshwater turtle with few or numerous yellow spots on the carapace. Once abundant, especially along the east coast of the US, the spotted turtle is protected in many areas

snapping turtle British & World English

A large American freshwater turtle with a long neck and strong hooked jaws

hawksbill British & World English

A small tropical sea turtle with hooked jaws and overlapping horny plates on the shell, the traditional source of tortoiseshell

leatherback British & World English

A very large black turtle with a thick leathery shell, living chiefly in tropical seas

loggerhead turtle in loggerhead British & World English

A reddish-brown turtle with a very large head, occurring chiefly in warm seas

softshell British & World English

A freshwater turtle with a flattened leathery shell, native to Asia, Africa, and North America

side-necked turtle British & World English

A freshwater turtle with a relatively long head and neck that is retracted sideways into the shell for defence

flapshell British & World English

A soft-shelled turtle, native to India and Africa, with flaps of skin on the lower shell that fold to protect the hindlimbs and tail, and flexible margins to the upper shell that protect the head and limbs

alligator snapper British & World English

A large snapping turtle occurring in fresh water around the Gulf of Mexico


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