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An order of reptiles, embracing the turtles, tortoises, and terrapins, whose bodies are enclosed in a bony shell covered with epidermal scutes and formed dorsally by expanded ribs and ventrally by a sternal plastron.

Origin: g. Chelone, a tortoise

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Etymology Question

Hmm yes, I suppose it would be something based around 'chelonia' wouldn't it? Chelonidist perhaps? Good word anyway to be fair. Don't forget the difference between Turtles, Terrapins and Tortoises. Could make a difference, though I doubt there are very ...

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by kotoreru
Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:06 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Etymology Question
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Removing a turtle's shell

Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (all living turtles belong to the crown group Chelonia), most of whose body is shielded by a special bony or cartilagenous shell developed from their ribs. It is not possible to take off the shell without killing it.

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by dipjyoti
Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Removing a turtle's shell
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Endangered species in the world!!!

Caretta caretta(the loggerhead turtles) and Chelonia mydas(the green turtle)..both of them is endangered species in my country and across the world!!

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by Alish24
Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Endangered species in the world!!!
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Views: 4163

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