Turtle

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
    2.   1.2  Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
    3.   1.3  Wood_Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)
  2.   2.  Speech
  3.   3.  Uses
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
Latin Name --
Common Name Turtle
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Snapping Turtle
Midland Painted turtle via. Wikimedia Commons
Wood Turtle

1.  Description

1.1  Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Common snappers are noted for their belligerent disposition when out of the water, their powerful beak-like jaws, and their highly mobile head and neck (hence the specific name "serpentina", meaning "snake-like"). In some areas they are hunted very heavily for their meat, a popular ingredient in turtle soup.

They are not found in the Northern Tides except in the far south. Common habitats are shallow ponds, shallow lakes, or streams. Some may inhabit brackish environments, such as estuaries.

1.2  Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

The adult painted turtle female is 10–25 cm (4–10 in) long; the male is smaller. The turtle's top shell is smooth and oval without a keel (ridge). Its skin is olive to black with red, orange, or yellow stripes on its extremities. The subspecies can be distinguished by their shells: the eastern has straight-aligned top shell segments; the midland has a large gray mark on the bottom shell; the southern has a red line on the top shell; the western has a red pattern on the bottom shell.

It lives in slow-moving fresh waters.

1.3  Wood_Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

The wood turtle reaches a carapace length of 14 to 20 centimeters (5.5 to 7.9 in), its defining characteristic being the pyramidal pattern on its upper shell.

It prefers slow-moving streams containing a sandy bottom and heavily vegetated banks. The soft bottoms and muddy shores of these streams are ideal for overwintering. Also, the areas bordering the streams (usually with open canopies) are used for nesting. Spring to summer is spent in open areas including forests, fields, bogs, wet meadows, and beaver ponds. The rest of the year is spent in the aforementioned waterways.

Wood turtles are not found in the Western Tangles territory.

2.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci. This creature is listed as having the ability to learn some limited comprehension of high speech, but generally will never be able to speak it.

3.  Uses

  • Turtle shells
  • Meat

4.  More

5.  'Souls

  • Something!
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