SUBJECT : Turtle Parts 

Turtle Parts

Carapace top shell, an outgrowth of bone.  

Flippers pond turtle has flat feet, webbed toes for digging in mud, tearing food, courtship, sea turtle has broad flippers for swimming.


Plastron bottom shell. 

Scutes scales over both shells, made of keratin like your fingernails.

Neck pond turtle can fold neck into its shell in S-shape, sea turtle can't

Nostrils near the top of head so turtle won't have to stick head far out of water to breathe

Beak no teeth, but jagged beak catches, holds, and slices food.


 Ears no outside parts to slow it down underwater.