What animal is a terrapin?

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What animal is a terrapin?

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answered Jan 17 by QJesse44 (8,900 points)
The type of animal that is a terrapin is a turtle.

Terrapin is another name for a turtle and the name terrapin also goes for several types of aquatic turtles.

Turtle, tortoise, and terrapin are all names for the hard-shelled, egg-laying reptiles in the taxonomic order Chelonia. Basically, they're all turtles.

Terrapins are turtles that spend time both on land and in brackish, swampy water.

The word “terrapin" comes from an Algonquian Indian word meaning “a little turtle."

Also all aquatic members of the tortoise family are known as “turtles”.

Broadly speaking the word terrapin is used to describe those chelonians living in freshwater, while the word turtle is reserved for those in marine environments.

A turtle and a Tortoise are almost the same.

However the Tortoise is a different type of turtle.

Tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises.

Turtle shells are more streamlined to aid in swimming.

One major key difference is that tortoises spend most of their time on land and turtles are adapted for life spent in water.

Tortoises have club-like forelegs and 'elephantine' hind legs.

Turtles can live on land for a short while unless they are equipped to fully live on land.

A Tortoise is a type of turtle that can live on land.

Tortoises (family Testudinidae) live exclusively on land and have anatomic features distinguishing them from other turtles, but the term tortoise has long been used to refer to other terrestrial testudines as well, such as the box turtle and the wood turtle.

Turtles can be aquatic, semi-aquatic, or mostly terrestrial.

Tortoises are turtles that live on land and aren't equipped for water.

Turtles drink water.

Sea Turtles will drink the sea water they are swimming in.

If you have a turtle in an aquarium the turtle will pee and poop in the water they drink and swim in so the water will need changed often.

All sea turtles drink only seawater all of their lives.

They have special glands behind each eye, called "salt glands" that they use to get rid of all the salt from the seawater.

Turtles do bite but they bite with their beak as the turtle has no teeth.

Turtles do not have any teeth and instead turtles have a beak like a bird does.

Some turtle bites can cause a lot of blood loss or can be at vulnerable parts of the body.

These bites can have serious implications when not treated as quickly as possible by professional medical personnel.

The wound bleeds profusely – If you are bleeding excessively, then you need to call 911.

Using their strong jaw muscles and hard beaks, carnivorous turtles crush the shells of their prey – crabs, sea urchins and clams, for example.

Baby turtles have something called an egg-tooth, or caruncle, but it's not really a tooth.

Turtles can and do see in color as turtles have excellent color vision.

Turtles are also particularly sensitive to shades of red and can differentiate between different shades of red better than humans do.

Not only can turtles see color, but research also suggests that it's likely that turtles can see a broader spectrum of colors than humans.

A turtle is a dinosaur as turtles are a reptile which are also related to the dinosaurs.

DNA hypothesis suggests that turtles were a sister group to the archosaurs (the group that contains the dinosaurs and their relatives, including crocodiles and their ancestors and modern birds and their ancestors).

A second hypothesis posits that turtles were more closely related to lizards and tuataras.

The earliest marine turtles are believed to have appeared during the Jurassic period, but it wasn't until the Cretaceous period 100 million years ago that sea turtles began to evolve.

Prehistoric turtles coexisted with dinosaurs until they went extinct 65 million years ago.

Turtles are an order of reptiles known as Testudines, characterized by a shell developed mainly from their ribs.

Modern turtles are divided into two major groups, the side-necked turtles and hidden neck turtles which differ in the way the head retracts.

Although their brains have become more complex, turtles are not capable of performing the same tricks and tasks and mammals and other species.

However, this does not mean they are not intelligent.

Their main concern is survival, so turtles learn how to survive, how to get food, and how to stay safe.

Most turtle species live from 10 to 80 years.

But sea turtles and large land tortoises can live to be much older.

Their lifespan can be 150 years or more.

As with whales, sharks, and other species, it is often difficult to determine a turtle's exact age.

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