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Turtle Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Turtles (Part 2)?

I am a huge lover of turtles/tortoises. I currently have a beautifully growing Red Eared Slider named Leonardo da Vinci, and she is very healthy and happy in my care. (I’ve had my experience with land turtles as well as the aquatics.) When I found out I was in love with turtles, I started researching on how to best care for them. I learned a lot of crazy things, but I noticed that the Internet has a lot of crazy mixed information that makes you debate whether something is true or isn’t true about turtles. I am here to put the mixed information to rest and deliver the truth about all turtles in general based on all of my constant voluntary research and experiences with turtles. Take the quiz and test your knowledge! And if you happen to know anything about turtles not in the quiz, we’d be happy to hear about it!

This is Part 2, a continuation of Part 1 of the Turtle Quiz.

  • Question of

    Turtles date back to the time of the dinosaur, estimated at about 200 million years!

    • True
    • False, turtles are pretty recent
  • Question of

    Small turtle species live up to 30 or 40 years meanwhile bigger species like sea turtles and giant tortoises live from 80 years to a century, sometimes even more.

    • True
    • False, the smaller species live longer
  • Question of

    A tortoise’s upper shell (or carapace) is flatter and lighter to help him swim, and a turtle’s is dome-shaped and heavier for better protection.

    • True
    • False, it’s the other way around
  • Question of

    The inner layer of a turtle’s shell is made up of about 60 bones, including the backbone, the breastbone and ribs.

    • True
    • False, more than 60
    • False, less than 60
  • Question of

    What are scutes?

    • The shields/panels on the outer layer on the top and bottom of the turtle’s shell.
    • The name for the turtle’s legs and arms.
    • The name for the turtle’s mouth.
  • Question of

    Some turtles are omnivores, and others are either carnivores (meat eaters) or herbivores (plant eaters).

    • Only Omnivores (plant and meat eaters)
    • Only Herbivores (plant eaters)
    • Only Carnivores (meat eaters)
    • Yes, from turtle to turtle, they differ
  • Question of

    Turtles breath air and lay their eggs on land although many species live in or around water. What is this called?

    • Nematodes
    • Anemia
    • Amniotes
  • Question of

    About 130 of over 300 turtle species are endangered. What are the different levels of endangerment?

    • No levels, just “endangered”
    • “vulnerable” “endangered” and “critically endangered”
    • They have different levels of endangerment, but the names are not present here
  • Question of

    What is “Metabolic Bone Disease”?

    • The malforming or softness on the shell due to lack of calcium, vitamin D and/or UVB rays
    • The vanishing of all bones inside the turtle
    • The softening of the shell specifically due to lack of exercise
  • Question of

    Which of these is a sickness a turtle can get?

    • Respiratory infections – caused by bacteria and Vitamin A deficiency
    • Parasites – the internal presence of roundworms that can cause diarrhea or weight loss
    • Anorexia – lack of appetite
    • All of these are sicknesses a turtle can get
  • Question of

    How can we find the symptoms of any turtle’s sickness?

    • Swollen, red eyes or shell infections
    • Inactivity and loss of appetite
    • Bubbles in the nose or mouth
    • Abnormal swimming/walking patterns
    • All of these are symptoms that must be addressed to a vet immediately
  • Question of

    A turtle’s mouth is usually called…?

    • A pecker
    • A beak
    • Still a mouth
    • Some other fancy name
  • Question of

    Do turtles have an internal skeleton or an external skeleton?

    • Internal skeleton, the shell, which protects the internal organs
    • External skeleton, the shell, which protects the internal organs
  • Question of

    How do turtles communicate?

    • Speaking and Listening
    • Touch and Sight
    • Both
    • Neither
  • Question of

    The more of a turtle’s extremities you can see, the less threaten they feel.

    • Yes
    • No

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