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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:

What are the biggest threats to turtles?

March 13, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Hunting, habitat destruction, food shortage, global warming, pollution, litter, boating, fishing and tourism are the main concerns facing today’s turtles. These are almost solely human-related causes, an unsettling truth but also suggestive […]

What are the most threatened turtles in the world?

March 6, 2017

By Stacey Venzel An increasing number of threats face the Testudines family resulting in more species becoming threatened each year. As an example, six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened with extinction. […]

Why do turtles bask in the sun?

February 27, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Tourists roll out beach towels to soak up the sun’s rays in an effort to catch a tan. Turtles, however, have a physiological reasoning for sunbathing. Because they are cold-blooded, the body […]

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 […]