The turtle, considered the oldest of the living reptiles, first evolved around 200 million years ago. Today, species of aquatic turtles can be found worldwide with the exception of Antarctica. The term "pond turtle" or terrapin, generally applies to those species that dwell in freshwater rivers, lakes, marshes and ponds. The pond turtle, like all species of turtle, have a modified skeletal structure that includes a boney carapace, or shell, for protection.
- Average Shell Length Large: 7 inches and above
- Average Shell Length Small: 4-6 3/4 inches
- Average Shell Length Extra Small: Below 4 inches
Origin: North America