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Turtle & Tortoise Terms (S-W)

A glossary of turtle and tortoise terminology

  • Salmonella: A disease that is common with turtles. It is more common to this from raw chicken and uncooked eggs
  • Scute: The covering of the bony segments of the carapace and plastron, often patterned
  • Sea turtle: A marine turtle with large flippers and usually living in tropical and subtropical oceans
  • Semi-aquatic: An animal that lives in the water but also goes out on land
  • Semi-terrestrial: An animal that lives on land but also goes into the water
  • Substrate: The bedding or floor covering in a cage or enclosure
  • Suture: Jagged pattern where shell bones fuse together
  • TED: Turtle Excluder Devices
  • Temperate: Regions of the world where there are well-defined seasonal changes
  • Terrapin: Any of various North American aquatic turtles of the family Emydiolae, especially the genus Malaclemys, which includes the diamondback terrapin
  • Terrarium: Usually a glass (or partially glass) aquarium or cage, for a tropical or temperate climate reptile. It usually contains live plants and has a relatively higher humidity.
  • Terrestrial: Living on land
  • Threatened species: Any species which is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range
  • TIHPA: Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area
  • Tortoise: Usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs
  • Tropical: Regions of the world close to the Equator where weather is warmer, usually humid, and there are less well-defined seasonal changes
  • Turtle: Any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
  • UVB light: An ultra violet light that turtles need to help process their vitamins (a necessity)
  • Vermiculite: A substance when mixed with equal parts of water is used to aid in the incubation process. (You can find vermiculite at most garden centers)
  • Veterinarian: One skilled in the diseases of cattle or domestic animals
  • Vitamin A deficiency: A lack in vitamin A; a usual symptom is swollen eyes
  • Vitamin D3: A vitamin essential for the assimilation of calcium for strong bones
  • Vitamin K deficiency: A lack in vitamin K or vegetables; a usual symptom is bleeding of the mouth
  • Vivarium: Usually a glass aquarium divided into two sections – one for water and one for a land mass
  • Water hyacinth: A tropical American herb (Eichhornia crassipes) forming dense floating masses in ponds and streams and having large bluish-purple flowers and leafstalks with greatly inflated bases
  • Water lettuce: A plant (Pistia stratiotes) which floats on tropical water, and forms a rosette of spongy, wedge-shaped leaves
  • Watussi dance: A term made up by us (All Turtles webmaster, Spaz, Jade and Buddy the turtles). The quivering motion you see turtles make with their front claws in the other turtle’s face. Turtle flirtation in hopes that they will mate.

A glossary of turtle and tortoise terminology

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