Dec 25 2013

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Turtle Maze

Turtle Maze

Turtle Maze

Turtles live in all but the coldest climates. Where it freezes for part of the year, turtles hibernate from the first frost until the spring; they may remain inactive for up to 8 months. In warmer climates they are active all year round. There are over 250 turtle species. Turtles live about 20 to 40 years old in the wild, and the oldest recorded turtle lived to be 86 years old. The tortoise, related to the turtle, lives much longer; the oldest verified tortoise died in 2006 and was 175 years old.

  • The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest species of turtle. They can weigh up to 2000 pounds and grow up to 7 feet from nose to tail. They can dive to depths of up to 4200 feet, and stay submerged for about an hour and a half.

  • Like other reptiles, turtles must breathe air to survive. During hibernation they slow down their heart rate and other bodily functions to minimize oxygen use. Settled into the mud at the bottom of a stream bed, a hibernating turtle will use special cells in its tail to take in oxygen.

  • The top shell of a turtle is called a carapace; the bottom one a plastron. Bones join the top shell to the spine of the turtle, and a bony bridge connects the two shells. There are gaps in the bridge for the turtle’s limbs and head to pop out.

  • Most turtles can protect their head by retracting it into their shell and closing the shell in that area as protection. Box turtles can close their shell on all sides.

  • Turtles are cold blooded, just like all reptiles.

  • Turtles first evolved about 220 million years ago, 50 million years before the dinosaurs, and are still here, 65 million years after the dinosaurs disappeared.

To see the answer to the turtle maze, click here.

Download a PDF of the Turtle maze here!

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The original artwork was drawn by Rob Hughes on a 7″ x 10″ piece of Canson mix media acid free paper.  Archival inks only were used to draw the maze and the entire artwork.

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