Where do turtles live & lay their eggs?

Written by clara maxwell | 13/05/2017
Where do turtles live & lay their eggs?
Turtles inhabit much of the globe. (tortoises ( turtle) image by Vladimir Melnik from Fotolia.com)

Turtles are slow-moving, egg-laying reptiles with an attached shell. Among the oldest living vertebrates, they came into existence over 200 million years ago. About 250 species inhabit most regions of the world, including the deep seas.

Land Turtles

Where do turtles live & lay their eggs?
Tortoises live on land. (galapagos tortoise image by Diane Stamatelatos from Fotolia.com)

Terrestrial turtles, including the Galapagos giant tortoises, live on land where they eat grasses, flowers, fruits and shrubs. They dig burrows in the mud in which to cool themselves off.

Fresh Water Turtles

Where do turtles live & lay their eggs?
Many turtle species live primarily in fresh water. (sea turtle image by Cory Surdam from Fotolia.com)

Many turtles, including snapping turtles, live in fresh water ponds and lakes, often coming ashore to bask in the sun and to lay eggs. Some northern species hibernate in the winter.

Sea Turtles

Where do turtles live & lay their eggs?
Sea turtles come ashore only to lay eggs. (leatherback sea turtle image by Shuva Rahim from Fotolia.com)

Sea turtles spend their lives in the ocean and come ashore only to lay eggs. Their feet have evolved into flippers for swimming.


Terrapins are semi-aquatic, spending time on land and in water. They prefer to make their homes near brackish water, including salt marshes, but can also survive in fresh water.

Laying Eggs

Turtles lay eggs in holes they dig on dry land. Most do not incubate their eggs. In many species, nest temperature determines the sex of the babies: warmer nests produce more females.


Where do turtles live & lay their eggs?
Baby turtles are vulnerable to predators. (pseudemys scripta,turtle. image by Sergey Goruppa from Fotolia.com)

Baby turtles are on their own from the moment they hatch. Many species immediately make their way to water. Predation is extremely high in the first year of life.

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