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This is a list of links to all the short videos of turtles that you can find on the individual turtle pages.
The list is in alphabetical order using the Latin names.
Some videos include sound, many do not.

These simple videos are intended to show how a turtle moves or to show it in its habitat, but some of them show interesting behavior. They are kept short, and often without sound, to conserve bandwidth use. Most of them were shot quickly at the time and place where the turtle was found before it got away. In many cases the animals were uncooperative. Because many herps quickly run away and hide and others only move for a few seconds then remain motionless even when prodded, it is often hard to film herps in motion without capturing and staging them. Consequently, many of these videos use a few short segments to avoid showing only motionless turtles.


Click on the camera icon to watch a video. Click on a link to visit the home page for a turtle.


movie Actinemys marmorata - Pacific Pond Turtle Pacific Pond Turtles compete for basking space on a small pond.
movie Actinemys marmorata - Pacific Pond Turtle Pacific Pond Turtles basking in the sun.
movie Actinemys marmorata - Pacific Pond Turtle Pacific Pond turtles in an Alameda County pond.
Chelonia mydas - Green Sea Turtle Green Sea Turtles surface while feeding near the mouth of the San Gabriel River. About every 5 minutes I saw one of these turtles surface to breathe for just a few seconds, but there was no way to tell when and where one would come up, which made it difficult to photograph them. The only solution was to set up the video camera, turn it on, and hope a turtle would surface within its view.
movie Chelydra serpentina - Snapping Turtle As I was driving on a busy highway in Brevard County, Florida, I saw a snapping turtle trying to cross the highway. I quickly stopped and ran toward it, which caused it to turn around, sparing its life, no doubt. After taking some still shots, I only got a few seconds of video before it sat still. I tried to move it so it would walk again, but decided to give up after it snapped at my fingers a couple of times. Maybe I'll do better next time....
movie Chelydra serpentina - Snapping Turtle Snapping turtles swimming in a Virginia wetlands
Chrysemys picta bellii - Western Painted Turtle Painted turtles on a pond in Okanagan County, Washington.
Chrysemys picta bellii - Western Painted Turtle Painted turtles at a wetlands in Canada.
Clemmys guttata - Spotted Turtle Spotted Turtles in Virginia.
Gopherus agasizii - Mohave Desert Tortoise A young tortoise walks along a rocky wash in the Mohave desert.
Gopherus agasizii -Mohave Desert Tortoise Kicking dirt out behind it, an adult Desert Tortoise crawls back into its summer burrow.
Gopherus polyphemus - Gopher Tortoise A gopher tortoise is found on a sandy trail in Florida. At first it stays in its shell, then it slowly emerges and walks into the brush and down into its burrow on the other side of the brush. Eventually it turns around and we can see it staring out of the mouth of the burrow.
Kinosternon sonoriense sonoriense - Desert (Sonora)
Mud Turtle
A Desert Mud Turtle, found wandering overland next to a dry creek in the mountains outside of Tucson Arizona, slowly pokes its head out of its shell and looks around for several minutes before quickly returning back into the shell. It never did come out, and was left to crawl back to wherever it was going.
Lepidochelys olivacea - Olive Ridley Sea Turtle An Olive Ridley swims around in a large aquarium.
Terrapene ornata luteola - Desert Box Turtle A bunch of box turtles soaking and drinking in muddy rain puddles in a dirt road one morning in Cochise County, Arizona
Terrapene ornata luteola - Desert Box Turtle A box turtle crosses a sandy road in Cochise County, Arizona.
Terrapene ornata luteola - Desert Box Turtle A box turtle crosses a road and wanders into the brush one afternoon in Cochise County, Arizona.
Trachemys scripta elegans - Red-eared Slider Red-eared Sliders basking, swimming, and sliding into a pond.
movie Trachemys scripta elegans - Red-eared Slider Red-eared Sliders basking at a small lake in Contra Costa County.
movie Trachemys scripta elegans - Red-eared Slider A Red-eared Slider swims in a small lake in Contra Costa County then hauls out onto a log..

















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