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Turtles have webbed feet to help them swim. They also spend time on land. Turtles eat plants and small animals. They can find food in water or on land.

Turtles’ soft bodies are attached to their shells. The shell acts like their skeleton. The shell is made up of about 60 bones that are covered by keratin, the same thing that human fingernails are made out of. The shell supports and protects a turtle’s body.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a turtle in real life? If not, have you seen another animal in the wild?


Have you read another book about a different animal? How is that animal similar to a turtle? How is it different?


Turtles have shells to protect them. How do other animals protect themselves?

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