Facts About Turtles: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What do turtles look like? How many kinds of turtles are there in the world? Where do they live? How do they grow? This lesson will answer all of these questions and teach you lots of fun facts about turtles!

What Are Turtles?

  • What do you get when you cross a porcupine with a turtle? A slow poke!
  • What do turtles use to communicate with each other? A shellphone!

You know a couple of jokes about turtles, and you love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but what kind of animal is a turtle? Do they really move slowly? Keep reading to learn all about these awesome animals!

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle.

Turtles are reptiles. A reptile is a cold-blooded animal with scales. Turtles have hard outer shells to protect their bodies, and these shells have over 60 different bones in them! Turtles can be lots of different sizes and different colors, and some even have colorful patterns on their bodies and shells. The largest turtle is called a leatherback sea turtle, and it can weigh over 2,000 pounds! It is 8 feet long- that is bigger than the tallest NBA player ever!

Where Do Turtles Live?

Sea turtles live in the water.
sea turtle

Turtles live almost everywhere in the world. The only places they do not live are places with really cold weather. Turtles can either be completely aquatic, which means that they live completely in water, or semi-aquatic, which means that they live partially in the water and partially on land. Turtles live in burrows to keep themselves warm during cold winters. A burrow is a tunnel or hole in the ground.

What Do Turtles Eat?

Turtles are omnivores. This means that they eat both plants and animals. Turtles can eat grass, leaves, fish, snails, and insects, but they don't actually eat pizza like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Turtles do not have teeth, but they can still eat by crushing the food with the hard edges of their mouths.

How Do Turtles Grow?

Baby sea turtles take care of themselves as soon as they are born!

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