Turtle and Tortoise Photos

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Outdoor activities such as a trip to the beach or a hike are enhanced when we are lucky enough to see these interesting reptiles. You can also see them at many zoos. This is a page about turtle and tortoise photos.


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We were fishing. When we turned around in the boat, we saw this turtle going across this log. It was awesome, the closest we had got to one. Our son was very excited to see one so close. He had only seen turtles in a pet store.

By Debbie G.

A turtle sitting on a log at American Lake, WA

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Photo Description
The Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), is native to the eastern half of the United States. New hatchlings are about the size of a quarter, with adults reaching approximately 8" in length. Both the shell, called a carapace, and the skin are brown with orange and yellow spots and splotches to help camouflage it in the leaf litter where it can often be found. Adult males have red or orange eyes, while the females have yellow eyes. They are gentle, beautiful animals and I hope that you've enjoyed learning a little bit more about them!


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My small town, OK

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October 25, 2016

Once again, young Box turtles are on the move, enjoying the nice fall weather! Soon they will be hibernating under logs and the thick blanket of leaves that have fallen. They eat a wide variety of insects and vegetation.

Woman's hand holding a baby turtle.

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August 2, 2010

Blanding's Turtle is a threatened species in MN. These type of turtles primary cause of death is getting run over.

Closeup of turtle's head.

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I was just enjoying the view of the open ocean, when all of a sudden I heard water splashing and a low hum from the water. As I looked over, there was this huge sea turtle. It was easily four feet wide.

Sea turtle swimming in the ocean

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August 31, 2011

Swan Lake Gardens is a favorite place for relaxing in Sumter, SC. There are walkways, and beautiful flowers, but my favorite things are the butterflies, birds and water fowl.


I didn't even notice the cormorant when I snapped this picture.

Cormorant and Turtles Sunning Themselves on Cypress Roots

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After a long rain this little fellow showed up in one of our garden beds. There is one place that we do not have the small fence around our garden and that has to be the only way we can figure that he came in.

box turtle

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September 12, 2017

I love turtles! I always had them as pets growing up. This one is called a Galapagos Giant Tortoise. It eats mostly grasses and can live to be 170 years old, yes, 170!


What stories he could tell in his lifetime.

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My 3 yr. old son and I saw this turtle that didn't 'run' or should we say walk away, when we approached it on our morning walk. It seemed to enjoy the attention. Very cute little fella!

Tame Turtle - turtle on the bank of a pond or lake

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April 8, 2010

Chewy is a 2 year old Eastern Box Turtle. A friend gave him to me. He likes to eat, and bask in the sun. He is very curious, friendly and loves to eat a worm from my hand.

Turtle in brush

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While on the walking trail at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, I was able to capture this photo of turtles on a piece of driftwood. The water was calm which produced a mirror image of the trees that surround the pond and the clouds in the sky.

Turtles on a log.

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October 16, 2019

This photo was taken by me from an educational boat excursion at Wakulla Springs, Florida. This is where the underwater scenes from Creature from the Black Lagoon was filmed.

A row of turtles on a log in Florida.

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June 30, 2018

Originating in the Mississippi river and the gulf of Mexico, these turtles have been popular as pets, but have become invasive in some areas, when they have gotten loose. They live to be 20-30 years old. This page contains red eared slider turtle photos.

Red Eared Slider turtle on a log.

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