Turtles: Shells All Around

Russian Tortoise

Testudo horsfieldii

My name is “Rasputin” and I am from Russia. I am a turtle (I bet you could tell that from my shell), but I am also¬†a tortoise. Let our Party Safari staff explain the similarities and differences between the two groups.

Red-Eared Slider

Trachemys scripta

My name is “Bob” and I am a female red-eared slider. My first owner named me without knowing my sex, but Party Safari staff will teach you how to differentiate between adult male and adult female pond turtles. Speaking of males and females, did you know that¬†all adult female turtles lay eggs to reproduce? Based upon that fact, do you think we are bigger or smaller than our male counterparts?

Yellowbelly Slider

Trachemys scripta scripta

My name is “Lemon Head” and I am a male yellowbelly slider. I am closely related to the red-eared species above, and I have been known to breed with females. Do you think our hatchlings would be orange turtles?

Mississippi Map

Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii

My name is “Kayla” and I am a female Mississippi map turtle. Compare me with Rasputin to see the differences between aquatic turtles and land-trapped tortoises. I’m a bit calmer than the two sliders above, but we are all faster than the fables would make you think.

African Side Neck

Pelusios castaneus

My name is “Little Foot” because I have a really long neck (Land Before Time). As I get older, my neck will grow so long I will have to fold it against the outside of my shell! I am a neat representative of turtle biodiversity.

An ancient animal group that puts all of their eggs in one basket!

Ask our staff how they survive.