How To Find A Turtle Shell – Find A Great Tally Of Turtle Skeleton


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A preserved turtle skeleton revealing how the plastron and carapace connect to the rest of the turtle’s skeleton to form a protective shell, known as a turtle Skeleton. The turtle shell is an extremely complex shield for all the ventral and dorsal portions of all turtles (The order Testudines). The Skeleton protects the turtle from threats while the plastron provides internal buoyancy and helps the turtle to move about.

turtle Skeleton

The skeleton of a turtle varies greatly depending on what species it is. In addition to the distinctive shape of the turtle skeleton, it also has distinctive lines on it that are used to identify certain species. In addition to the carapace/shell structure the turtle has two broad lines going down the spine to its ribcage and then curves through the center of each of the ribs going back to the tail. The line going down the spine connects the spinal column to the ribcage which is the foundation of a turtle’s neck. Each ribcage acts as a “neck” or “body” for the turtle.

The turtle’s neck is held together by a series of ligaments, tendons and muscles which are stretched taut across the top of the shell. When the turtle bites into the earth or digs its way free from the sand it will stretch these elastic tissues to keep itself secure. This is why a turtle skeleton can be fossilized over twenty million years ago. Over the course of millions of years the soft tissues of the turtle have loosened up and started to deteriorate. As a result, if a turtle should break loose from its shell and try to freedom itself, it can easily do so, causing internal damage to itself. This can lead to death of that turtle within a relatively short period of time.

On the other hand, if you look closely at the underside of a turtle’s head you will see the basic carapace. The carapace is made up of two different pieces – the plastron and the scutes. The plastron is the outer most layer of skin or hard shell. Its job is to protect the interior of the scutes which are the organs and tissue holding the body together. If the scutes become damaged by abrasion or pressure they can pop out and abrade the turtle skeleton damaging its internal organs.

In contrast, the turtle stem-t Turtle has two layers of skin. The first of which is the exoskeleton. It is the outermost layer of skin which consists of many small scales and ridges which protect it from the elements. In the event that the turtle needs to make a break from the hard shell it can tear off the exoskeleton and use the pieces to climb back onto the surface. This process happens thousands of times each and is the basis of all reptile shedding.

The next step is to look at the bones in the turtle shell. The most commonly found is the crest which is an egg shape structure and also contains many bony plates. Next is the plastron – which is the thickest part of the shell and is also where the turtle sheds its exoskeleton. These two parts make up the majority of a turtle’s total body weight. The other vital piece of equipment is the ribs which anchor the shell to the underside.

If we look at the modern day turtle fossils we will see that these animals have been around for millions of years. During this time they have evolved from being bony carnivores which ate meat to becoming the dominant predators of today which are primarily carnivorous and also have long beaks. Some of the most important facts about their diet can be seen in their molars, or teeth which they use to break down plant material in order to get their food.

The important thing to note about the modern day turtle is that their jaws are used to open and close their mouth which is facilitated by their large canine teeth which are situated at the rear of their head (known as the Plastron). The reason behind this is that these creatures must bite down in order to open their mouth; a trait not shared by theropods (rodents) and dinosaurs which have large serrated teeth. This is also the same reason why turtles have relatively large plastrons; if they had small scutes (one of their three stomachs) they would not be able to open their mouth wide enough.

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