Where Do Turtles Live

Information on where do turtles live

So where do turtles live exactly?  The answer to that question depends entirely on what kind of turtle you’re asking about.  In general however, most turtles prefer warm to hot weather, and you can generally find turtles near or in water. 

Sea turtles are one of the most interesting species of turtle.  The adults of many of the sea turtle varieties can usually be found in shallow waters along coastlines, although some of the larger sea turtles also swim out into the open sea.  Usually the juvenile sea turtles can be found in bays and estuaries because they are not yet big enough to be able to handle the big currents and waves found out in the open sea. 

Sea turtles are migratory creatures, and the migratory habits of all sea turtles varies from species to species.  Green sea turtles are one variety that is known to migrate along coastlines between nesting and feeding grounds.  In contrast, loggerhead turtles leave their foraging areas and travel miles each way on breeding trips. 

There are many other varieties of turtles also, many of which don’t live in water full time.  For example, the desert tortoise lives in a hot, dry habitat and eats grasses.  Another type of turtle, the Malayan Box Turtle, lives in a hot habitat where water is plentiful, but it eats pretty much anything it can find in the water.  The Diamondback Terrapin actually lives in slightly salty coastal waters off the eastern and southern coasts of the United States. 

Another important aspect of the turtle’s home is its shell.  All turtles live in a shell, whether they spend most of their time on land or in the water.  However, the shells of each species of turtle offers different protections and a different type of home for each kind of turtle.  Some turtles even have a hinge on the lower part of their shell.  That hinge allows them to go right into their shell home and shut up the doors, both front and back.  Some turtles that have hinges can’t completely close up.  Aquatic turtles, on the other hand, do not have hinges on their shells.  Their flesh is exposed in the front and back of the shell, even when they are inside their little homes.


Some turtles don’t get much protection from their shells.  For example, snapping turtles aren’t very well protected by their shells.  However, they tend to try not to get into trouble.  Softshell turtles have more of a leathery shell instead of the hard shells you normally think about when it comes to turtles.  However, softshell turtles spend most of their time in the water and enjoy the camouflage offered by their leathery shells. 

Turtles have been alive for over 230 million years, and it’s pretty clear that turtles have evolved to be able to handle pretty much any habitat.  Turtles are truly unique creatures because of the wide variety of habitats they live in.