Academy of Natural Sciences celebrates 'turtle power'

Tortoises, turtles, and terrapins — oh my!

John McDevitt
June 06, 2018 - 3:03 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Cowabunga! The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is celebrating turtles through the times this weekend. 

"Totally Turtles" is a fun way to lean about the science of nature. The special exhibit will feature live reptiles, talks, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" face painting, crafts and games.

Totally Turtles
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Tortoises, turtles, and terrapins — what's the difference?

"In general tortoises are found on land," said Mary Bailey, manager of public engagement. "They have higher shells, and their legs fit underneath their body.

"Turtles, stricktly speaking, are virtually all things like sea turtles. Their limbs are far out to the side. They've got webbed feet, and they can paddle in sort of flatter shells.

"And terrapins are kind of actually in between. Terrapins are found in a variety of habitats and, in general, the things we consider turtles are actually technically terrapins — things like red-eared sliders, yellow-bellies, things like that."