Turtle Trivia Time – the Answers!

Hi there. It’s me, Boop! What kind of Turtle-Knower are you? Here are the Turtle Trivia answers! Remember that you get ten points for each correct answer. Let us know how you did! Ready? Here we go!

Question #1

My shell is part of my skeleton. About how many bones does my shell have?

a. 4
b. 11
c. 43
d. 50

The answer is D. Turtles like me have over 50 bones in our shells. Who knew turtle shells were so complicated? You did! If you got this one right.

Question #2

What are the top and bottom parts of my shell called?

a. Carapace and Plastron
b. Keratin and Scute
c. Orpheus and Eurydice
d. Gamera and Guiron

It’s A. The top part of my shell is called the carapace, and the bottom part is called the plastron. My shell is covered in scutes (tough scale-like things) that are made of keratin, and keratin is the protein that your fingernails are made of. Rhinoceros horns are made of keratin, too. Gamera is the big kaiju turtle who battled Guiron in the 1969 movie Gamera vs. Guiron.

Question #3

The largest turtle in the world is the…

a. three-toed box turtle (lol, I wish)
b. alligator snapping turtle
c. leatherback turtle
d. Zambezi flapshell turtle

The answer is C. Leatherback sea turtles can grow over seven feet long and weigh over 1,500 pounds! Alligator snapping turtles can grow to nearly three-feet long and weigh nearly 250 pounds. Zambezi flapshell turtles can grow to just under two-feet long and weigh around 30 pounds.

Question #4

The smallest turtle in the world is the…

a diamondback terrapin
b. bog turtle
c. speckled padloper
d. spotted turtle

Okay, so it depends. The critically endangered (yikes!) bog turtle is considered to be the smallest turtle in North America. It typically grows to around 3.5 inches. The speckled padloper from South Africa is a tortoise. The males grow to around three inches while the females grow to around four inches. The spotted turtle is also found in North America, and it grows to between 3.5 inches and five inches. Male diamondback terrapins grow to around seven inches while female diamondback terrapins can grow to around nine inches. So give yourself ten points no matter which turtle, tortoise, or terrapin you picked.

What’s the difference between a turtle and a terrapin? That depends. In the UK, a turtle lives in the sea, a terrapin lives on land and in fresh water, and a tortoise lives completely on land. This definition generally works (sort of, mostly) in other parts of the world. Also in the UK, a lift is an elevator, a lorry is a truck, a jumper is a sweater, and a queue is a line.

In the US, a turtle can live in either salt water (sea turtles) or in fresh water (turtles like me). Terrapins live in fresh or brackish water but spend more time on land than turtles do. Tortoises only live on land. We don’t use the word terrapin a whole lot here in the US. Unless you attended the University of Maryland. Then you use or have used the word terrapin more.

Question #5

The largest turtle that ever lived was the…

a. Notochelone
b. Protostega
c. Archelon

It’s C. The Archelon was the largest turtle ever. It lived in the Late Cretaceous period (roughly 70-100 million years ago). The largest Archelon ever found was 15 feet long and probably weighed almost 5,000 pounds!

Question #6 

Blanding’s Turtle, endemic to the Great Lakes region, never seems to…

a. eat
b. sleep
c. have fun
d. get old

D. Blanding’s turtles have lots of fun! They never seem to age, though. They’re like the Paul Rudd of the turtle world. They don’t live forever (80-90 years), but they don’t seem to experience aging the way other creatures do. Blanding’s turtles are, and it pains me to say this because I am a turtle, endangered.

Question #7

Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, lead singers of the 1960s rock band The Turtles (“Happy Together”), have also…

a. worked with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
b. recorded with Bruce Springsteen
c. written soundtracks for the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake cartoons
d. recorded with the band T. Rex
e. all of the above

This question has nothing to do with actual turtles. These two have lived pretty interesting lives, though.

Question #8

The concept of a World Turtle (a turtle that holds up the world) can be found in…

a. Hindu mythology
b. Chinese mythology
c. the mythologies of various Indigenous Peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, including the Huron and Iroquois
d. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
e. all of the above

Yep, it’s E. The idea of a World Turtle is found in lots of different mythologies. Turtles are pretty awesome after all.

Question #9

Why did the turtle cross the road?

a. The chicken was on vacation.
b. The turtle was busy doing turtle stuff like traveling to its nesting ground, looking for food, or searching for a mate.

It’s B! If you happen to see a turtle crossing the road, you can help get it across safely.

  1. Make sure you are safe! Put on your hazard lights. Watch for traffic. Be safe.
  2. Never pick a turtle up by its tail. A turtle’s spinal column runs from its head down its back (it’s actually fused to our carapaces) and through its tail.
  3. Pick the turtle up by the back of its top shell – one hand on each side of its tail – and carry it across. If you are helping a snapping turtle, keep your fingers away from its mouth. They have surprisingly long necks. And they’re fast. Place the turtle on a car mat or something you can slide. Turn it around and slide it backwards (so it can’t bite you) across the road.
  4. Once you get to the other side, point the turtle in the direction it was going. They were going that way for a reason.

Oh! Speaking of chickens… why does a chicken coop have two doors? If it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan. I love that joke.

Question #10

Turtles have excellent eyesight. In fact, we can see at least one color better than humans can. What is it?

a. Purple
b. Blue
c. Red
d. Green

It’s C! Turtles have a gene that allows us to see the color red better than humans do.

Question #11

True or False: Turtles are adorable!

It’s true, but you already knew that.

How did you do? What was your score?

0-40 Points – You are a Beginning Turtle-Knower. That’s great! There’s so much more to know about turtles. Keep on exploring!

50-70 Points – You are an Advanced Turtle-Knower. Awesome! Keep on knowing things about turtles.

80-110 Points – You are a Master of Knowing Things About Turtles. The world of turtles is amazing, and you know a lot about it! Yay, you!

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We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

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Adults $20
Child (3-17) $16
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*Valid ID Required.

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