Happy World Turtle Day! 13 Totally Tubular Turtles

Big, small, squatty, long… all in all pretty funny looking. We’ve gotta say, we’re thankful for turtles! We’ve put together all the cutest turtle photos we can find as a grand gesture of appreciation for these rad reptilians.

1. Aldabra giant tortoise

Tonya Laker/Citizen Image

SLOW AND STEADY: The Aldabra giant tortoise is a threatened species, although it also has a long history of conservation, dating as far back as Charles Darwin.

2. Hawksbill sea turtle

ZUMA Press

(Eretmochelys imbricata)
Range: Tropical oceans worldwide
Status: Critically endangered
Threats: Bycatch in fishing gear, boat strikes, oil spills, disturbance of eggs in nest

3. Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle

(Chitra indica)
Range: India, Nepal, Bangladesh
Status: Endangered
Threats: Habitat loss, hunting (for food, materials and folk medicines)

4. Bog turtle

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Via Flickr: usfwsnortheast

(Glyptemys muhlenbergii)
Range: Eastern U.S.
Status: Critically endangered
Threats: Habitat loss, pet trade, invasive plants

5. Eastern long-necked turtle

(Chelodina longicollis)
Range: Australia
Status: Least concern
Threats: Road mortality, pet trade

6. Diamondback terrapin

(Malaclemys terrapin)
Range: Eastern U.S., Gulf Coast
Status: Near threatened
Threats: Habitat loss, hunting for food, bycatch in crab traps, pet trade, roads

7. Wood turtle

(Glyptemys insculpta)
Range: Northeast U.S., southeast Canada
Status: Endangered
Threats: Habitat loss, pet trade, roads, farming accidents

8. Gopher tortoise

(Gopherus polyphemus)
Range: Southeast U.S.
Status: Vulnerable
Threats: Habitat loss, hunting for food, pet trade, roads

9. Alligator snapping turtle

ZUMA Press

(Macrochelys temminckii)
Range: Southern U.S.
Status: Vulnerable
Threats: Habitat loss, hunting for food, pet trade, bycatch in fishing gear

10. Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle

U.S. National Ocean Service / Via Flickr: usoceangov

(Lepidochelys kempii)
Range: Western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico
Status: Critically endangered
Threats: Bycatch in fishing gear, boat strikes, oil spills, disturbance of eggs in nest

11. Painted turtle

(Chrysemys picta)
Range: Canada, U.S., Mexico
Status: Least concern
Threats: Habitat loss, pet trade, roads

12. Yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle

(Podocnemis unifilis)
Range: Amazon River Basin
Status: Vulnerable
Threats: Pet trade, hunting for food, collection of eggs for food

13. Green sea turtle

ZUMA Press

(Chelonia mydas)
Range: Tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide
Status: Endangered
Threats: Bycatch in fishing gear, boat strikes, oil spills, disturbance of eggs in nest

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