Morphology of a turtle
with an oval shell and a horned beak. It has a very short tail and four
short legs, and moves very slowly.
part of a tortoise which is attached to the trunk.
: part of a tortoise between the head and the body.
: hard plate that forms the shell of the tortoise
close to the nape of the neck.
: scale above the tortoises spinal column.
: side scale.
: scale situated above the tail.
: extension of the spinal column of a tortoise.
: nail of a tortoise.
: rearmost limb of the tortoise.
: each of the scales that form the edge of the
: foremost limb of the tortoise.
: lower jaw.
: entrance to the digestive tract.
: entrance to the respiratory system.
: sight organ of the tortoise.
EN : Wood
FR : Tortue
ES : Tortuga
The Wood Turtle was known as "old
redleg" owing to the orange or brick-red colour of it legs. The Wood
Turtle's aquatic habitat consists of clear rivers, streams or creeks with
a moderate current and sandy or gravelly bottom. It spends proportionately
more time on the banks of watercourses and in a variety of terrestrial
or intermediate habitats than other turtles. Although it uses wooded areas,
it prefers more open habitats such as wet meadows, swamps and fields.
Wood Turtles overwinter on stream bottoms.