General Care Discussion :: Anatomy of a Turtle

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Post Posted: Sat May 07, 2005 9:37 am   Anatomy of a Turtle

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:40 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

wow they got a pretty messy intestine...
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:41 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

wow, thx this is werry helpfull
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:24 am   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

I studied red eared sliders in my biology course. It was interesting to say the least, but horrible as I had to dissect one. I found tumors on her pancreas, so her death saved her from a life full of pain and suffering.

I have a few diagrams which are a little more in depth than what jenaero posted, they may be helpful to some of you:



I also have pictures of the labeled parts on a real turtle. These pictures were from my book, and are for instructive purposes only. I will not post the pictures here as they are graphic and I would not want to subject you all to that. I will provide the links to them, for those of you who may be interested in that sort of thing.

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:26 am   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

Thanks for posting this!
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:42 am   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

Yes, very nice post. Very interesting.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:07 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

I found another site that has pictures of REAL GRAPHIC anatomy. It is a display at the New England Aquarium in Boston. ... rtle.html/
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Post Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:59 am   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

Nice pictures shared by you all that i like a lot.
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:10 am   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

Frankly speaking I thought there woould be more bones in the turtle's body.
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:39 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

I thought there would be more bones, too. I've seen cartoon turtles pop out of their shells (Take Verne from Over the Hedge, for example), so I would thought that for some turtles, their shells look like they'd be easy to remove but nope. Their shells are apparently part of their anatomy; their spine is connected to the shell from the looks of it.
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:32 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

It was very helpful, very descriptive topic.
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Post Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:41 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

A turtle drawing, with a simple question scrawled at the bottom, "Where are the turtle ears?" made its way to my desk the other day. The drawing, sketched by a young child, showed the turtle with no ears. The child asked me "How does he hear?
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Post Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:51 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

i think i read somewhere that the turtle has a tympanic membrane.

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:21 pm   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

I've been eyeing this thread for ages and finally got the nerve to click the graphic pictures (the first bunch, anyway).
I wasn't as horrified as I had anticipated.
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:56 am   Re: Anatomy of a Turtle

I just came across these images of a turtle's anatomy a few minutes ago. They're not labeled but they're amazing. You can see the full set at, which is where I got the illustrations.


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