Imagine carrying your home with you wherever you go. Imagine eating snails for breakfast, fish eggs for lunch, and crayfish for dinner. Imagine spending winter underwater, chin deep in mud, waiting for the ice above your head to thaw.

If all that sounds good to you, you'd probably make a great turtle!

With their sturdy shells, their whimsical faces, and their pondering paces, turtles are among the most interesting and observable of Minnesota's common creatures. Nine turtle species are native to the state, and each one has its own lifestyle and a unique set of traits that help it survive. Let's take a look!

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