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Testudines (Order) – Turtles!
February 17, 2008, 8:53 am
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There are two Sub-orders under testudines:


  • Family Chelydridae – Snapping Turtles
  • Family Emydidae – Pond/ Box Turtles
  • Family Testudinidae – Tortoises
  • Family Geoemydidae – Asian River Turtles and Allies
  • Family Carettochelyidae – Pignose Turtles
  • Family Trionychidae – Softshell Turtles
  • Family Dermatemydae – River Turtles
  • Family Kinosternidae – Mud Turtles
  • Family Cheloniidae – Sea Turtles
  • Family Dermochelyidae – Leatherback Turtles

Sub Order Pleurodira:

  • Family Chelidae – Austro American Sideneck Turtles
  • Family Pelomedusidae Afro American Sideneck Turtles
  • Family Podocnemididae – Madagascan Big Head Turtles

Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins are reptiles in the order Testudines, whose bodies are shielded by a special bony or cartilagenous shell developed from their ribs.

About 300 Species of this Order are alive today.


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