Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Turtles are reptiles, cold-blooded animals, whose ancestors appeared on earth some 200 million years ago. Even though they spend much of their lives in water, they have lungs and breathe air. These animal are unique because their shell is part of their skeleton. Turtles have no teeth, but the beak can tear the plants and animals they eat as food. There are about 50 species of turtles that live in ponds, swamps, rivers, and lakes.