The concrete highway was edged with a mat of tangled, broken, dry grass, and the grass heads were heavy with oat beards to catch on a dog’s coat, and foxtails to tangle in a horse’s fetlocks, and clover burrs to fasten in sheep’s wool; sleeping life waiting to be spread and dispersed, every seed armed with an appliance of dispersal, twisting darts and parachutes for the wind, little spears and balls of tiny thorns, and all waiting for animals or the hem of a woman’s skirt, all passive but armed with appliances of activity, still, but each possessed of the anlage (1) of movement. The sun lay on the grass and warmed it, and in the shade under the grass the insects moved, ants and ant lions to set traps for them, grasshoppers to jump into the air and flick their yellow wings for a second, sow bugs like little armadillos, plodding restlessly on many tender feet. And over the grass at the roadside a land turtle crawled, turning aside for nothing, dragging his high-domed shell over the grass: His hard legs and yellow-nailed feet threshed slowly through the grass, not really walking, but boosting and dragging his shell along. The barley beards slid off his shell, and the clover burrs fell on him and rolled to the ground. His horny beak was partly opened, and his fierce, humorous eyes, under brows like fingernails, stared straight ahead. He came over the grass leaving a beaten trail behind him, and the hill, which was the highway embankment, reared up ahead of him. For a moment he stopped, his head held high. He blinked and looked up and down. At last he started to climb the embankment. Front clawed feet reached forward but did not touch. The hind feet kicked his shell along, and it scraped on the grass, and on the gravel. As the embankment grew steeper and steeper, the more frantic were the efforts of the land turtle. Pushing hind legs strained and slipped, boosting the shell along, and the horny head protruded as far as the neck could stretch. Little by little the shell slid up the embankment until at last a parapet (2) cut straight across its line of march, the shoulder of the road, a concrete wall four inches high. As though they worked independently the hind legs pushed the shell against the wall. The head upraised and peered over the wall to the broad smooth plain of cement. Now the hands, braced on top of the wall, strained and lifted, and the shell came slowly up and rested its front end on the wall. For a moment the turtle rested. A red ant ran into the shell, into the soft skin inside the shell, and suddenly head and legs snapped in, and the armored tail clampled in sideways. The red ant was crushed between body and legs. And one head of wild oats was clamped into the shell by a front leg. For a long moment the turtle lay still, and then the neck crept out and the old humorous frowning eyes looked about and the legs and tail came out. The back legs went to work, straining like elephant legs, and the shell tipped to an angle so that the front legs could not reach the level cement plain. But higher and higher the hind…
The turtle in the Grapes of Wrath symbolizes us and how we endure hardships like the turtle. The turtle showed resilience when crossing the road similar to how we show resilience when an obstacle is put in front of us. The turtle is as determined and focused on crossing the road as we are when trying to overcome an obstacle.
When the turtle is crossing the street it is hit by a car and flipped over. The turtle…
Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonii or Testudines characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. Turtle may refer to the chelonian order as a whole (American English) or to fresh-water and sea-dwelling chelonians (British English).
The order Chelonii or Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 220 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups…
A Decline of Turtles As We Know Them
Sea turtles are large air-breathing reptiles that spend the majority of their long lives in the open ocean waters. They have water-dynamic bodies, large protective shells, and wide flippers to propel them through open waters. Sea turtles reside in tropical and subtropical ocean waters in around the United States and Australia. Since sea turtles commonly reside in areas near the shore, they consume a variety of seaweed, crustaceans, algae and jellyfish. The prehistoric…
The largest living chelonian is the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), which reaches a shell length of 200 cm (6.6 ft) and can reach a weight of over 900 kg (2,000 lb). Freshwater turtles are generally smaller, but with the largest species, the Asian softshell turtle Pelochelys cantorii, a few individuals have been reported up to 200 cm (6.6 ft). This dwarfs even the better-known alligator snapping turtle, the largest chelonian in North America, which attains a shell length…
The Loggerhead sea turtle
The loggerhead turtle scientifically known as "Caretta Caretta," got its name
because they have large heads that support their muscles. It also allows them to catch their prey.
These species are found in various coastal areas, such as Meso American reef, coast of Africa,
Gulf of California and the coral triangle. The loggerhead turtle weighs in at about 175-400
pounds and its length measures from 33-48 inches (3-4 feet). Their skin differs…
they are green.The upper shell of the turtle is called the carapace. The lower shell that encases the belly is called the plastron. The carapace and plastron are joined together on the turtle's sides by bony structures called bridges. The inner layer of a turtle's shell is made up of about 60 bones that include portions of the backbone and the ribs, meaning the turtle cannot crawl out of its shell. In most turtles, the outer layer of the shell is covered by horny scales called scutes that are part…
Sea Turtles (Lessons 3.02, 3.04, 3.05)
1. • What types are typically found in Florida?
o Green sea turtle
o Hawksbill turtle
o Leatherback turtle
o Kemp’s ridley turtle
o Loggerhead turtle
2. • What types are not typically found in Florida?
o Olive ridley turtle
o Flatback turtle
3. • What are the 2 main parts (upper and lower) of a sea turtle shell called?
o Upper – carapace
o Lower – plastron
4. • Can…
northern map turtle was formerly referred to as the common map turtle,
—BUT was later changed because the adjective “common” was misinterpreted as abundant
-The northern map turtle is a medium-sized freshwater turtle
-Side of head has a yellow spot behind the eye
-The carapace of both sexes is brown with yellow lines
—but the patterns on the back fades as the turtle ages
-The plastron (the ventral part of the turtle) is mostly bright yellow
-Here you see the Northern Map Turtle at the top…
com/2011/10/03/sharp-variations-in-risks-to-sea-turtles/Sharp Variations in Risks to Sea Turtles
A single conservation strategy for a widely distributed species works about as well as a one-size-fits-all pair of sweat pants — too loose for some people, uncomfortably tight for others.
A species may be listed as critically endangered while some populations within its ranks are thriving and some are probably beyond saving. With leatherback turtles, for example, tens of thousands of nesting females…
with twenty two snapping turtle eggs rescued during a construction work, by a friend and since he couldn’t commit enough time to hatch them, he begged me to take on the responsibility. My instant reaction of course, was excitement and enthusiasm to incubate these eggs and so I immediately took them in. My first task was to replicate a good nesting atmosphere in a container. I began my research on snapping turtle incubation. Snapping turtles are the largest fresh water turtles in the US and our modern…