Types of Turtles

There are many types of turtles in the world. Let’s try to speak about the most common types of turtles that you can find in the wild or in any pet store in United States. There is quite a big list of types of turtles so let’s take them one by one.

As reports show the red-eared Slider is the best known type of turtle in the United States. At first the Red-eared Slider was a kind of “dime-store” turtle. The opinion about this types of turtle is that they are little tiny turtles that don’t grow too big, but many people don’t know that if you keep feeding them, they can grow very big, somewhere about one foot long. Their carcasses are disc-shaped and green with thin yellow stripes or blotches. The tail of the male red-eared sliders is longer than female’s. But the female is usually bigger than the male red-eared slider. When they are adults, this type of turtle need a really large turtle tank.

There are also other types of turtles that need the same turtle care methods like the red-eared sliders. This would be Florida Cooters (Pseudemys floridana), Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta), and Map Turtles such as the Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica).

Florida Cooters is a type of turtle that look much like the read-eared sliders but have less decoration and they are more herbivorous than the sliders.

Map-turtles are semi-aquatic animals. These types of turtles are similar to red-eared sliders and are the most difficult to keep. They are a very nervous type of turtle that should be kept in captivity in a place with little traffic so they don’t get stressed.

Other types of turtles that are very different from the sliders type are the mud and musk turtles. This would be Kinosternon and Sternotherus species. Like we said the sliders are quite big turtles with beautiful colors. But the mud turtles are little turtles with no beautiful coloration. The advantage of having this type of turtle is that they adapt quite easy in captivity and if they are well taken care of they can live for over 50 years. These types of turtles are probably one of the best choices for a beginner turtle keeper.

There are four species of Sternotherus turtles and they can be found in the United States. From the 16 species of Kinosternon only five can be found in the United States. The Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus), the Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum), Striped Mud Turtle (K. baurii) and the Yellow Mud Turtle (K. flavescens) are the easiest to be found in pet stores.

Let’s talk a little about the advantages of having these types of turtles as your pet. First of all because they are small turtles the Mud and Musk turtles don’t need a very big enclosure setup. Also the basking areas shouldn’t be too large. Despite their name, mud turtles, they don’t really need a muddy bottom. Also try to provide them some underwater hiding places. You can use rocks for this but be sure that the rocks are safe placed so you will avoid trapping your pet in a rock prison.

Other types of turtles that you can find in the pet market in the United States are Snappers and Softshells turtles. But these types of turtles are a little harder to care for and are not recommended for beginners.

So these are the types of turtles that you can easily find in the United States. Keep in mind, all of these species and if you decide to buy a turtle just go to a pet store, pick the one that you like but be sure to know all the turtle care issues that can appear for the selected species.

Specific Types of Turtles found at TrancasTurtleRescue:

* The Bog Turtles – There are small turtles in the world, but the Bog turtle is the smallest and is     one of the most rare turtles around. The Bog turtle rarely grows four inches.

* The Musk Turtles – Musk turtles, also known as stinkpots, seem to prefer deep, still water in lakes, ponds, and sluggish streams with muddy bottoms and an abundance of plant life.

* The Painted Turtles – The Painted Turtle must be the most common widespread turtle. Their size varies between five and six inches, so they are among the small sized turtles.

* The Slider Turtles – The colors that you can see on slider turtles are usually red or olive green. The skin and shell of a slider turtle is splotched with red or yellow.

* The Snapping Turtles – The “Most Dangerous” award goes to the snapping turtle, out of all the turtle species. Snapping turtles have long necks and powerful jaws that combined with the vicious temper make them very hard to handle safely.
***we do NOT accept Snapping Turtles***

* The Soft Shell Turtles – They are called Soft Shell Turtles but their shell is not soft at all, actually their shells are as hard as any turtle shell.

* The Box Turtles – Box turtles are a land species but they can occasionally be found near or in the water. They prefer swamps of moist open woods but they are very well adapted to live on land.

* The Mud Turtles – Mud turtles are divided into five species, K. baurii, K. Subrubrum, K.s. hippocrepis, K. flavescens, and the K.hirtopes murrayi. The colors of the mud turtles tend to be dull, compared to other types of turtles.