Category: Turtles and Tortoises

Galápagos Tortoise, 2020 (Wild Animals by Schleich)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 “I frequently got on their backs, and then giving a few raps on the hinder part of their shells, they would rise up and walk away;—but I found it very difficult to keep my balance.” – Charles Darwin Such was the experience of the legendary naturalist when …

Red-eared Slider, baby (Primary Turtles in Colour by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are a semi-aquatic species of turtles (in some places, they are also known as terrapins). They are found in most freshwater habitats of North America, including the southern United States and Northern Mexico. Juveniles are typically a green colour with a ‘red …

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is the second largest living turtle after the leatherback, averaging around 135 kg (298 lbs) in mass, but capable of achieving up to 545 kg (1200 lbs). Its name derives from its large head and powerful jaws, which it uses to …

Leatherback Sea Turtle, 2017 (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is by far the biggest of all living turtles and one of the world’s biggest reptiles, exceeded only by a few crocodilians. The largest scientifically verified specimen weighed in at 650 kg (1433 lbs), although it’s quite possible that even larger …

Spotted Turtle (Wild Republic by K&M International)

Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to one of my all time favorite turtle species, the spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata). Since no one has produced this species in plastic I am forced to review a plush specimen instead [EDIT: Apparently there is a spotted turtle by Play Visions that was also re-released …

Green Sea Turtle, 2017 (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is perhaps the most typical of the seven species of sea turtle. Its seemingly incongruous name derives from the colour of the fat beneath its shell. The 2017 Safari Ltd green sea turtle is sculpted with its head turned to the …

Green Sea Turtle, babies (Another Aquarium by For Corporation)

Images by postsaurischian; edited by bmathison1972 The figure presented today was produced by For Corporation for their Another Aquarium line in 2018. This figure was originally sculpted for the Season 2 line by Aquameridian and intended to be released in 2013. When sales for the first series were not as good as expected, Aquameridian canceled …

Common Snapping Turtle (Capsule Q Museum: Foreign Invaders and New Friends by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by jumboplayset; edited by bmathison1972 For me, my all time favorite animal is without question the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). I remember when I first saw the species in the wild, in a tiny creek down the way from my grandparents’ house. The creek ran between two streets but was unbelievably …