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Sheldon the Snapping Turtle©

The oldest member of The Super Fins®, Shel is the friendly curmudgeon of the group, the first one to suggest they take a nap or have a snack. When you've been around as long as Shel has, you pretty much know everyone or at least their parents or grandparents. Crusty, grumpy, and slow, Shel's the grouchy relative you love, but have a hard time explaining why. 

Sheldon covers the habitats where he and his relatives live: ponds, streams, and marshes. Working in conjunction with Cinca the Sea Star© (reefs, estuaries) and Whiskers the River Otter® (shoreline, rivers, brackish), Shel helps cover all the stories about what happens where the land and water meet. Here are some of Shel's latest stories:

Where can turtles be found?

February 20, 2017

By Stacey Venzel When it comes to water, turtles have a number of aquatic homes to choose from. Habitat preference among aquatic individuals is relative to water flow and type, among other determining characteristics. Of […]

Which regions of the world are home to turtles?

February 20, 2017

By Stacey Venzel When it comes to water, turtles have a number of aquatic homes to choose from. Habitat preference among aquatic individuals is relative to water flow and type, among other determining characteristics. Of […]

Do turtles migrate?

February 13, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Snowbirds—Ohioans and avians—head south to Florida for the winter. Turtles have their own migratory patterns, too, but it is not always to warmer weather. Variables affecting turtle migration include environmental suitability, age […]

How long do turtles live?

January 30, 2017

By Stacey Venzel They might not be the fastest individuals on the planet, but turtles are some of the oldest. Elderly turtles roam the planet, beating out grandmas by a landslide. Life spans are not […]